Also be lucky they dont drug test you all the time here like they do in places like the usa.
Whether or not legal, i completely understand not wanting smokers on the force. Perhaps if they are willing to come early, strip nude and have solvents sprayed on them to remove the pathogens carried by the tobacco, all the while paying for said procedure and also not smoke the entire duration of the days shift. Also signing a waiver that the company wont hold them responsible for health issues caused by disinfection, which i would assume is likely. do this day in day out with costs differred to them…i would hire a smoker. Otherwise, its easier to hire someone.that wouldnt cause the company catostrophe. Granted thats extreme for a biological supply company. i cant even eat tomatoes or peppers on site, and beed to clean up if i do. cant take a shit on premise if eating said plants. Etc. Regarldess of work type, i think no smoke breaks would be an absolute requirement and also be able to keep up the pace with withdrawal attitudes. smokers are hard to handle unless the jobs allow smoking without loss of work efficiency (eg, road construction).
If its teaching i also agree with not hiring smokers on the principles of not wanting.the kids to see or smell bad habits. Should be fair to allow people to smoke on personal time, and also fair if employers dont want to hire smokers. smokin is a choice, not a condition. as are most drugs. just dont do them between work hours and dont show up if not ready to perform. in any job.
Medical conditions (not narcotic addictions) are different.
No, they don’t. It’s none of their business. It’s your personal stuff. If it interferes with you doing your job, they can fire you.
How would you handle these questions:
Do you have cancer or any other terminal disease?
Are you married? If so, have you ever had sex outside of that relationship?
Do you like taking drugs? Which is your favorite?
They’re the same.
Just fyi (if you haven’t noticed), the trend seems to be a gradual shift towards “addiction is a disability ergo it requires accommodation like any other disability”. There’s a lot that could be said about this, but it is whatever it is.