In a move that would make NYC Mayor “Nanny” Bloomberg proud, a Florida county of commissioners has announced that if you are a smoker you cannot be hired. You can be highly qualified for the job, obese, disabled, pass a drug and an alcohol test, but if you come up positive for nicotine you are unqualified for employment or could even be fired from one.
Chalk one up for the anti-smoking establishment who views smokers as being public enemy number one comparable to the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer.
Straight out of the Michael Bloomberg college of “rights are for being taken away,” the Flagler County BOC said, “”You have a responsibility to the public, it’s no different than doing a credit check on people handling money. … In this case, it’s a tobacco check.”
Smoking prohibition is starting to rear its ugly head.
That’s an analogy similar to saying if an employee is twenty-pounds overweight he could suddenly have a heart attack and die – so he cannot get hired or let’s fire him.
Florida’s ACLU feels differently and says that Flagler County’s anti-smoking policy is a gross violation of the Fourth Amendment and I agree. To make matters even worse, and show a classic example of a double-standard, Joseph Mayer, who is the county’s community services director, said, “As such, the policy does not apply to our County Commission or those individuals who may run for office in the future.” Also exempt, are the current 635 employees already employed by the county.
So…if you want to run for public office in the county you can smoke and if you already work there you can smoke. But if you are a prospective or new employee after October 1st, 2013, you cannot be a smoker.
As a defense for their absurd reasoning, the county says its policy is designed towards reducing health insurance costs. According to research, smokers cost employers about $5,800 more per-year for smokers. Federal law also does not provide protection for smokers. In 1995 the Florida Supreme Court passed down a decision that said public employees have no expectation of privacy.
In an ironic twist, however, The American Lung Association is against the policy stating that it does not effectively curtail the use of tobacco products.
I find this all so amusing, because in a society liberated society such as our own, smokers continue to get over-taxed, criticized and discriminated against by the anti-smoking establishment and the politicians who shine their shoes. Do we need more schools…tax the smokers! Do we need more roads repaired…tax the smokers! Are we looking for more votes…tax the smokers!
Does the word profiling come to mind?
© Joseph Rathjen – All Rights Reserved – 2013
- Florida County Bans Smokers from New Jobs (abcnews.go.com)
- Anti-Smoking Activists’ Clueless Crusdade Against E-Cigarettes (txwclp.org)
- Anti-Smoking Activists’ Clueless Crusdade Against E-Cigarettes (reason.com)