Sunday, July 10, 2011

Some Big Name Companies Refusing To Hire Smokers

This article contains a bit at its end about companies with names you'll recognize just flat out refusing to hire people who smoke:

Insurer Humana Inc. said this month it won't hire smokers in Arizona. And other companies, such as Macy's Inc. and Pepsico Inc., require those who smoke to pay more for their health insurance, according to a recent article in Businessweek. The story also said Union Pacific and Scotts Miracle-Gro will not hire people who smoke.
Follow this link if you would like to read the rest of the article, which is mainly about the new cancer and corpses labels that will be required to be on cigarette packs and advertisements soon. It says in the article that some tobacco companies are suing the government over this, which I'm glad to see. If the Feds want to piss away money putting up cancer and corpse posters, fine (though I'd like to see by what constitutional authority they could do even that), but compelling private companies to do so? What's next? Pictures of fat people on the sides of KFC chicken buckets?

I digress. This anti-smoker hiring trend, this seems a bit harsh to me, but I can't say I blame these companies given how insurers treat smokers. It all translates into higher costs in the end and that shows up in the premiums.

I do wonder though, would these employers react differently if smokers were in fact just using bionic cigs instead?

I certainly wouldn't mind that.

2 comments:

Betty Johnson said...

It's pretty clear where all of this is leading- Thousands of good workers are going to be fired, simply because they smoke. Our country was built and has been kept running for hundreds of years- by smokers. Now, they're second-class, unemployable citizens? We can all look forward to a lot more crime, more break-ins, and robberies. These smokers who are no longer employable, who are being 'pushed' out of society, will have to generate an income from somewhere- legal or not. Even a good dog will bite you if provoked.

newport cigarettes said...

This is quite odd to me. Usually in the blue collar industry, people or employers do not discriminate about smokers.

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