Delray Beach, a city in south Florida has banned the hiring of employees who smoke!
Anyone who uses tobacco products are not being hired to save on insurance.
The city isn't doing so hot money wise, so we guess that's the reason for the drastic measure.
Apparently each smoker costs an extra $12,000 in health and disability-related costs.
A city commissioner said:
"The idea came from our budget woes. This alone would help solve our issues."
We understand the logic, but it still seem discriminatory.
A constitutional attorney and professor of public health said:
"Where do you draw the line? Smoking is a legal behavior and there are a lot of other legal behaviors that cause risks to the population: drinking soda, eating fatty foods, consuming alcohol, sky diving."
He makes a good point.
Also, Miami had a similar ban that they overturned after realizing it didn't lower costs and they were actually stifling their recruiting.
We want people to be healthy but we also want them employed!
This is a tough one.
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