Smokers Need Not Apply: Ban on Hiring Smokers in Hospitals
I wasn't going to touch this. No really, I wasn't. I've written before about my own struggle with nicotine addiction (read: Smoker) so I'm pretty sure my opinion will be less influential because of it. I refer to recent headlines
that have noted more hospitals are now refusing to even hire smokers.
This trend has slowly been creeping its way into healthcare systems throughout the country. There are now approximately 60 U.S. hospitals that would not hire me...Even though what I do in my private life, like smoking, is none of their damned business. So if I needed to work at one of these places, and I couldn't (or wouldn't) quit smoking, I'd have to lie to get a job. What a great way to start out on a new job!
The rationale is the amount of productivity in dollars lost by smokers. It's all about the money. Of course it is. It's a little under two grand a year per smoker according to the studies. I have to tell you, this really is a thorn in my side. I can swear to you with a clear conscience that I called out sick WAY less than some of my colleagues who had various chronic health issues. I doubt if their lost productivity was studied, or even an issue.
I wonder how many dollars worth of productivity asthmatics or diabetics lose? Oh, OK you want to make it a about self-inflicted negative impacts? Then let's talk about alcohol use. I wonder how many callouts there are due to alcohol consumption or prescription drug use. Particularly on Monday! Both are just as legal as cigarettes, yet some hospitals are even TESTING employees for nicotine use.
I'm glad I'm retired, but I'm telling you, they'd have to be giving everyone a breath-o-lyzer test at the beginning of each shift before I'd let them test me for nicotine. This is just outrageous to discriminate this way, and you non-smokers should agree! But I'm thinking you won't...