According to the Wall Street Journal, some employers are refusing to hire smokers. Concerns for employee health costs, absenteeism form illness and effects of secondary smoke on other employees and customers would seem to be the obvious motivations behind these policies.
Yet, some are claiming that such policies discriminate against the poor and less educated. Others claim the practice is an unethical attempt by employers to shift the high cost of smoker's health care on to others.
Either way, the law does not prevent such policies. And, ultimately,we are likely to see a healthier society as a result.