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- More and more Americans who smoke are beginning to feel unliked and unwanted.
- Federal laws prevent them from smoking in public buildings.
- They are not allowed to smoke within a certain distance of those buildings.
- Since the federal law was passed a decade ago many state and local communities have followed suit.
- Now a growing number of companies and hospitals will not hire smokers or worse will fire them if they are caught ligthing up.
- Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenesse is now giving check-ups to prospective employees. A urine test that detects nicotine mean no job is offered.
- Nurse Kristi Edmondson thinks her smoking habit is nobody's business but her own. "Memorial should not dictate to us what we do in our own time, off the time clock"
- The head of the hospital's parent company, Memorial Health Care Systems, is James Hobson. He defends the decision.
- It's relevant to creating that healthy lifestyle, and again it's relevant to the entire community.
- A growing number of large American companies are finding that health care costs for smokers are higher than for non-smokers.
- A study by the US Centers for Disease Control reports that medical care and the loss of worker productivity averages about 3000$ annually for each smoker.
- As a result, some companies now require smokers to pay a larger share of their health insurance than non-smokers.
- While 29 of the 50 US states have laws that protect
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- second-hand smoking
- a would-be / prospective, employee
- a lawsuit
- to light up
- to be relevant
- to clock in out
- to pass a law
- to follow suit
- to offer a job
- it's none of your business
- mind your own business
- she stated
- random test
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