Dayton, Ohio bans hiring employees who smoke or vape to create 'healthier' workplace

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The city of Dayton, Ohio no longer hires employees who use nicotine or tobacco in a bid to create a healthier workplace, cut back on medical costs, and reduce the 'loss of productivity' from smoke breaks.

The city will enforce the new rule with all employees hired after from July on but it won't apply to employees who worked for the city's office beforehand.

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The city will employ a nicotine and tobacco pre-employment screening process. After being hired, the city will test employees if the office is tipped off about their tobacco use.

'Studies indicate that employees that smoke cost approximately an additional $6,000 per year in direct medical costs and lost productivity,' Kenneth Couch, Dayton’s director of human resources, said.

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Under the new rule employees will be banned from using nicotine or tobacco products at work or in their time off. The new plan will also eliminate designated smoking areas around the city property.

However, not everyone is on board.

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Leaders of labor unions fear...
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