Ok, so those are the reasons why refusing to hire smokers seems like a good idea but it’s not a step to take without knowing what you’re getting into first, 29 states and the district of columbia have laws in effect elevating smokers to a protected class. Two editorials in the prestigious new england journal of medicine make opposing arguments for whether or not it’s ethical not to hire smokers.
Policies of refusing to hire smokers, which are being adopted by some us employers, result in a failure to care for people, place an added burden on already-disadvantaged populations, and. Governments argue that no longer hiring smokers would free up some much-needed funds. This group of authors suggests that a better way would be to hire the best person for the job, and to support employees’ efforts to quit in more productive ways than to punish smokers by not.
Hiring casual smokers is acceptable, but there are very few true casual smokers candidates often smoke more than they claim they do i’ve listed a bunch of reasons not to tolerate smoking and the associated grief it creates in your workplace, but here’s the biggest one: smoking causes cancer. At the state and local level, governments argue that no longer hiring smokers would free up some much-needed funds this appears in our free, monthly public workforce newsletter. The case against hiring smokers by jim roddy june 16, 2015 tweet share share i’m going to tick off nearly every smoker who visits this website — and delight most every non-smoker — by detailing why it’s a good rule of thumb to not hire smokers (a rule of thumb is a principle whose broad application is not intended to be strictly.
The question of whether a business cannot hire smokers is also a grey area because it intersects two concepts: the employer’s right to hire anyone it wants, and an employee’s rights not to be discriminated against for health and medical conditions. If not, it is unethicalfor instance would a healthcare institution refuse to hire a skilled surgeon (very hard to find) simply because they smoke while they have a policy not to hire smokers will a manufacturing facility not hire an engineer for a hard to fill engineer position because they are a smoker.
For example, an anti-smoking advocacy group, like the american lung association, could choose not to hire smokers, and not be in violation of the applicable anti-discrimination laws the following states prohibit employers from refusing to hire smokers, unless being a smoker goes against a specific job qualification. Numerous employers have instituted a ban on hiring smokers and other tobacco users and many more are considering similar bans the majority of employers imposing prohibitions on hiring smokers are hospitals and other healthcare related organizations, but some large non healthcare related employers have also instituted bans.
Doctors argue that arbitrarily excluding smokers does little to solve the problem, and that this type of healthcare discrimination could spread to other unhealthy groups.