The days of smokers being able to light up in restaurants, public buildings and the workplace are long since over.
After all, it’s common knowledge that smoking is bad for a person’s health and the health of others around the smoker.
But, should smokers be denied employment?
Pasco County is grappling with just that question as other Bay area agencies have made the switch to hiring only nonsmokers, citing skyrocketing insurance costs.
Sarasota County already bans smokers from being hired. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office has employed the anti-employment practice since 2008. Other employers, including hospitals and cities throughout the state have similar rules on the books.
What’s your take, Tampa Bay? Is it OK to ban smokers from getting jobs? Or, do you fear this practice will open the door for beer drinkers, sugar-fiends, fast-food junkies and other partakers of legal, yet somewhat indulgent actions, to be barred from employment? Share your thoughts by commenting below!