Not Hiring Smokers
Tony Kessler 409 Posts
Like a few other big companies, Humana of Ohio has taken a strict approach to boost its corporate wellness efforts and presumably keep its own health care costs down: New hires must immediately enroll in a smoking-cessation program and kick the habit. What do you think? Would you favor doing something similar at your own company? Here is a link to a Cincinnati.Com article about the program. tk
As an ex-smoker (I quit 12 years ago) I have some mixed feelings about this trend. For me, quitting was extremely difficult and took many attempts and several years of trying. I finally succeeded using the Nicorette gum to help curb the cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
On the other hand, increased societal pressure against smoking will help reduce the number of smokers which will reduce lung cancer and the other negative effects of smoking on health.
You also have to wonder about how Humana plans to monitor off work smoking. Its definitely right up to the edge of infringing on personal liberty.
I can understand having lower health insurance rates for employees who make a "healthy lifestyle pledge" and I can understand retracting the discount if an employee is caught violating their pledge. But, to prohibit employees from a engaging in what amounts to a personal liberty, crosses the line.
Just my two cents!
I thought it was a law against assisted suicide. Otherwise, if you commit suicide, you violate the law, and can be punished how? I've heard that suicides can't get into Heaven, but that's a whole other jurisdiction. :angel:
Assisted suicide is often treated as murder in the States. Though suicide used to be a felony, it has generally been repealed. However, it is still considered an unwritten 'common law' crime.
If you attempt suicide you are likely to end up in a hospital ward somewhere under observation. Thus you are protected from yourself until you can get treatment. In addition, there can be other legal ramifications regarding property, contracts, etc.
If it was a true liberty no one could touch you. Since people who would like to commit suicide frequently recover and go on to live productive lives, this is one area where I think liberty should continue to be curtailed.
Smoking is really a way to commit suicide slowly, but I don't know that not hiring smokers really helps anyone.
What I [B]meant[/B] to say, is that I [B]would[/B] have done this prior to August 28, 2008, when such action became unlawful in Missouri.
Of course, Frank! We [I]never[/I] doubted it.