Personally, it wouldn’t make any difference to me…but that doesn’t mean I agree with it. I know this story is based in Indianapolis, but it’s really something being discussed all over North America, Bill would repeal Smoker’s Bill of Rights. Now you may say, “So what? I don’t smoke and I feel it’s a good idea”. Ah, but would some employers consider you overweight? Do you drink? Drive a motorcycle? Just pick something which a prospective employer could view as potentially “health-hazardous” and you could be the next person to be denied a job. You see, smoker’s are an easy target for this to begin. Just try to defend smoking. You really can’t. So once companies have managed to purge the blight of smokers from their ranks, then they can turn their attention to getting rid of all the fat people…then drinkers…then…well, you get the point. Again, smoking at work…bad, not to mention unfair to your co-workers. But when you’re on your own time…and that’s the key phrase “your own time”, do you feel it’s okay for your employer to be able to dictate your lifestyle choices?
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