Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Smoking Can Cost You A Job

Give up cigarettes for your health – and your career. To cut down on health care costs, many businesses are opting not to hire smokers.

You know that smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that it could also be bad for your career? With the national unemployment rate near 10 percent, finding a job in this economy is no easy feat. But it could be even harder for those who smoke. Job postings in the help wanted section may soon read, “smokers need not apply.”

In order to reduce health care costs and encourage healthy behaviors, many employers are adopting nicotine-free hiring policies. If you have a college-aged kid who smokes, this could be the incentive they need to kick the habit. Talk to your health care provider about smoking cessation programs in your area.

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