Smoking laws have changed and been updated over the years to put an unjust burden on business owners. If you are opening up a business you more than anyone needs to be aware of the different laws including those involving smoking.
If you are employed and are a smoker, you might discover your boss has found another way to pick your pockets. A growing number of employers are requiring workers who use tobacco to pay higher insurance premiums.
Good news for pot and cocaine smokers… under the Obamacare health insurance company bailout plan, health insurance companies cannot penalize you with higher premiums. Now, if you smoke cigarettes, it’s a different story… they can hike your premiums up to 50 percent higher than potheads.
General Electric Co. the biggest U.S. conglomerate has joined drug maker Abbott Laboratories Inc., lawn care products maker Scott’s Miracle-Gro Co. and other companies that prohibit their employees from smoking on the job, both indoors and outdoors. Corporate policies, including those of the Cleveland Clinic, go so far as to implement hiring freezes on smokers and others, and penalize smokers by requiring smokers to pay a premium for their corporate insurance programs.
Denormalization refers to efforts to force smokers to quit by branding them as a sub-human, nicotine addicted species, unworthy of common courtesy or consideration.
It started with smoking bans; first on commercial flights, then all forms of public transit. Bans, first implemented in public buildings, were then expanded to private establishments: bars, restaurants and private clubs. Now, bans have grown to include privately owned automobiles where minors might be present. And the zealots are now pushing (and, in some cases succeeding) to ban smoking in public parks and even in private homes.
An Omaha pool hall has joined the fight to stop Omaha’s smoking ban.
Big John’s Billiards filed a lawsuit asking a district court judge to overturn the smoking ban.
Attorneys for the business owners say the ordinance is unconstitutional because it gives an unfair advantage to businesses outside the city.
The California Senate recently passed a proposal to ban smoking in apartments. The proposal would allow landlords to prohibit smoking in apartment buildings they own to protect nonsmoking tenants from second hand smoke, according the Los Angeles Times.
Citing concerns of the high price of freedom in America, Sarasota County, Florida recently instituted their fascist tobacco-free hiring policy for all new job applicants. The policy requires everyone applying for a job with the county to acknowledge that they have not smoked in the last 12 months.
by Richard Cooper August 31, 2007
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee endorsed a nationwide smoking ban in public places, as reported on http://www.breitbart.tv/html/4958.html. Meanwhile, his rival US Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) endorsed local and state smoking bans. Both are wrong. Huckabee reveals himself as a nanny-state huckster of big government in the name of “public health.” Our experience with drug and alcohol prohibition should make us wary of these approaches.
Now, why didn’t I think of that?
What a great idea.
We’ve seen companies fire employees because they choose to smoke and we’ve seen companies discriminate against smokers and not hire them… now it would seem the tables are being turned.
Do you think Mike Huckabee would protect your civil liberties?
On December 5th, 1933 the 18th Amendement to the U.S. Constitution (thats Prohibition folks!)was repealled.
Today, you might be able to have a drink legally, but it’s illegal to light up that smoke with your cocktail. This madness must stop. Identify the politicians that voted to prohibit your right to smoke and get them out of office.
State agents in Tennessee will be monitoring stores in bordering jurisdictions (like Bristol Virginia) and stopping Tennessee residents who buy more than two cartons of cigarettes, then head for home. For example, a Bristol Tennessee resident could find himself subject to police action for driving to the Sam’s Club at Exit 7 and buying too many smokes. Worse, he could lose his car. Revenue agents are allowed to seize vehicles of those transporting just three cartoons of cigarettes.
Seizing cars over a few cigarettes – Editorial – TriCities.com
A Massachusetts man has sued The Scotts Co., the lawn care giant, for firing him after a drug test showed nicotine in his urine, indicating that he had violated a company policy forbidding employees to smoke on or off the job.
A 30-year-old Massachusetts man who has smoked for more than a decade filed a lawsuit last week against The Scotts Co., alleging the lawn and garden company violated his privacy and civil rights when more…