Ariz. County Might Refuse To Hire Smokers
Pima County will vote this month on whether to stop hiring tobacco users and penalize employees who smoke.By Madison Burke | December 7, 2014
An Arizona county's board of supervisors will vote this month on whether to refuse to hire smokers and penalize current employees who smoke.
If passed, the policy would require prospective Pima County employees to provide a doctor's note or drug test proving they have been tobacco-free for a year in order to be hired and would put a 30 percent surcharge on current tobacco-using employees' existing health-care costs.
The policy would not penalize people who use nicotine replacement products like gum or patches, but would penalize those who use e-cigarettes.