April 17th, 2012

Fort Worth Weighs the Cost of Tobacco Use

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An employee's money-saving idea is one hot topic in Fort Worth. He wants the city to hire only non-smokers, and that proposal is getting a reaction from co-workers and City Council members. City Manager Tom Higgins presented the idea informally as one of several possibilities to the Council at Tuesday's meeting…Employment attorney Quitman Stephens said Texas law lets companies set their hiring policies. Smokers are not a protected group; that activity is considered a "choice."… Stephens says companies have also realized it's cheaper to hire non-smokers. He cited the Centers for Disease Control and the Mayo Clinic.

 

 

WFAA Dallas/ Fort Worth by Casey Norton   4/17/12

Tags: Alcohol and Tobacco, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Forth Worth, smoking, Tom Higgins

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