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Smokers need not apply, county says
Arizona Daily Star [Tucson,AZ], by Jamar Younger

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 8/1/2014 7:19:10 AM

Pima County may soon refuse to hire anyone who smokes. And puffers already on the payroll can expect even higher health insurance rates. In a proposed expansion of the county’s already-tough anti-tobacco rules, prospective employees would be tested for nicotine as part of the hiring process, according to a memo sent by County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. In the memo, Huckelberry referred to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that say smokers cost their employers about $3,400 a year in lost productivity and medical expenses. “Not hiring smokers is a way to avoid long-term medical costs,” Huckelberry said

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Smoking is still legal, isn´t it? Next they won´t hire overweight people.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 8/1/2014 7:38:33 AM     (No. 9949007)

Working in the public sector (state, county, city, fed, etc.) tends to make employers think they can put you on a stick and twist you slowly in the wind. That said, our state employees were given several years of warning to stop smoking and were offered FREE smoking cessation classes, medications, etc. Did they take the hint? Hell no. But when the insurance premiums started to increase--THAT got some attention.

Personally, I´m glad people give up smoking because it promotes better health. Ask any quitter. Me, for instance.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chillijilli, 8/1/2014 7:48:31 AM     (No. 9949020)

I´m so glad I live in a place with it´s priorities in order. /s
We can´t have smokers working in government jobs here in Tucson costing employers $3400 annually. No concern, however, about how much the 120000 recent illegals are costing the taxpayers.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rather Read, 8/1/2014 7:52:14 AM     (No. 9949024)

We are getting that kind of thing where I work. We are encouraged to take part in wellness classes and it´s good. But I can see where we will be coerced in the future and punished if we don´t. I´ll be retired by then.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: strike3, 8/1/2014 7:59:26 AM     (No. 9949029)

Chuck Huckelberry? His life must have been hell all the way from kindergarten.

Their estimate for lost productivity in smokers is way too low. Most workers who smoke waste up to 25% of their day either smoking or thinking about it. But then government workers waste that kind of time without the excuse of a cigarette in their hands so maybe their number is good.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hawgguy, 8/1/2014 8:06:27 AM     (No. 9949037)

What about other risk factors?
Riding motorcycles
Overweight
Pregnancy
Marijuana
Diabetes, Hypertension, High cholesterol
Rock Climbing, Skydiving, Scuba Diving.
They now have a lever to control ALL behavior, not just smoking.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Captain Howdy, 8/1/2014 8:35:14 AM     (No. 9949062)

I wonder how much living a deviant, perverted lifestyle costs? Must be something, go after them next. Sure....

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 8/1/2014 9:37:21 AM     (No. 9949192)

This is kind of odd considering all the calls for legalizing marijuana. ´´My smoke is better than your smoke.´´

Amerika. Onward and Downward.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: craige, 8/1/2014 9:43:52 AM     (No. 9949199)

Next in the agenda: sugar, alcohol and fatty foods. What fun! Perhaps the ability to perform aerobatic exercise for a certain period of time...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: chumley, 8/1/2014 9:52:49 AM     (No. 9949217)

Sounds like a pretty crummy place to work to me.
Lost productivity? You´ve got to be kidding. Before the smoking nazis got their foot in the door people smoked at their desks or otherwise on the job. Any lost productivity is entirely BECAUSE of their rules.
As for health costs, is dying from something else cheaper than dying from smoking? Probably not, and the result is the same.
Just like global warming, those with an agenda manipulate and even invent statistics to force their case. I dont believe a word of it.
Force me to go outside and live with the "lost productivity". Thats if you can get away from the coffee pot or the internet.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Bogeegolf, 8/1/2014 5:52:50 PM     (No. 9949825)

I have always thou

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Bogeegolf, 8/1/2014 5:55:22 PM     (No. 9949830)

I have always thought people should pay for their own healthcare. This is why.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Coy860, 8/1/2014 6:59:28 PM     (No. 9949887)

The paranoia of "second hand smoke" has turned American against American, and denies privacy to individuals under the guise of "health".
Which employees are binge drinkers on weekends?
Recreational drug users?
The hospital in my town is severely short handed and desperate for nurses..the excuse is that many nurses can´t pass a nicotine test.
Yes, even if they don´t smoke during their working day, the company now owns every minute of their free time and controls what they do after work and on weekends, and gives them nicotine tests!
So much for being a FREE country.
There once was a time when people minded their own business.

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