Do you think it's fair for a potential employer to pass on hiring you just because you're a smoker? Do you think it should be against the law for your boss to fire you because you use tobacco? The trend toward using a person's smoking and non-smoking status as a factor in the hiring and termination decisions, may have gotten its start in some hospitals and health care businesses, but it's apparently on the rise in other industries as well.
Hospitals such as the Cleveland Clinic and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., have made it a policy only to hire non-tobacco users. Other health care companies have followed suit -- some even require that employees take a smoking breath test.