Employers May Avoid Hiring Smokers as Health Care Reform Kicks In

, Corporate Counsel


As the American Care Act phases in its requirements, some U.S. companies might treat certain employees differently. Under the law, smokers can be charged up to 50 percent more than nonsmokers for health insurance.

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What's being said

  • Concerned

    How far away are we from charging people more who eat sugar? What about extra cost for treatment needed because of drinking or drug use? This opens up more than a can of worms.

  • Lulaine

    The practice of discriminating against smokers is going to open up a can of worms. Smoking is a personal action that does not have to impede on the other workers and discrimination of any kind for any reason is going to be grounds for a lawsuit. Smoking while it does add more to the health system, people are still within their legal right to do it without having to be discriminated against.


  • Smokedoctor

    Smoking is recognized in the medical profession in organic mental disorder terms. See references at http://medicolegal.tripod.com/tobaccoaddiction.htm and links therein.

    Hiring smokers is negligence due to their behavior and propensities posing a disproportionate foreseeable danger to themselves, others, and property, as has been known by the progressive employers for a century, see references at http://medicolegal.tripod.com/donthire.htm.

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