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Should Companies Be Allowed to Ban Workers From Smoking?

As health insurance costs rise, many companies have started taking a more invested interest in its employees' lifestyle choices. Introducing discounted or free gym memberships are great perks that promote health, but there is a gray area when it comes to how deeply an employer should be able to influence employees' health choices.

According to LifeWire, there are at least 20 states that allow companies to ban the hiring of smokers, and one worker in Massachusetts has sued his employer for invasion of privacy after he tested positive for nicotine. Employees of the University of Massachusetts Medical School risk being fired if they are caught smoking at all, even if in their car.

Are these bans crossing the line from wellness awareness to invasion of privacy, or does it make sense that employment could be contingent on something as detrimental to one's health as smoking?


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