ooooooo----- weeeeee!! Lookee here what I found~ What's your take on it?
Here's the link: http://www.stpetersburgtimes.com/200...ans_new_.shtml
Lee sheriff bans new hires who smoke
October 23, 2002
FORT MYERS -- Tobacco users need not apply for vacancies in the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
The department said Monday it will no longer hire deputies who use tobacco. New hires will be required to sign no-tobacco pledges, with violations potentially resulting in termination.
Current deputies are now also prohibited from using tobacco products while on duty. All sheriff's office buildings in Lee County are already tobacco-free.
"Over time, the agency will become a totally smoke-free environment," said department chief Dave Bonsall.
Banning tobacco use cuts down on health care costs, with deputies taking fewer days off and needing less medical care, said Tom Berlinger, a spokesman for the Florida Sheriff's Association.
Bonsall said Lee Sheriff Rod Shoap enacted the stricter policy out of respect for the public.
"More and more people had been witnessing deputies smoking and saying that it wasn't appropriate," Bonsall said.
Palm Beach County enacted a similar policy for its sheriff's deputies last year, and some other Florida law enforcement agencies ban tobacco use by on-duty employees.
Oct 23, '02
I can see the enforcing the no tobacco on the facilities or premises; there are many organizations that are smoke-free. As a matter of fact, both my husband's employer and MY employer wouldn't even let you smoke right outside the door. You had to walk to the parking lot and smoke IN YOUR CAR! They say it looked bad for business to see people standing around in gaggles smoking. I tend to agree. It looks unprofessional.
As far as not HIRING anyone who smokes? Uh, no I don't agree with that. Smoking in and of itself does not have anything to do with your effectiveness on the job. Also, what if they were non-smokers upon hire, but then TOOK UP smoking? Are they fired?
Interesting topic, Sleepy.
Edited to say: they may have a point, though. I re-read the part about having deputies not smoke while working. And at first I disagree with that because we all know of alot of people who smoke at work (on their breaks). But we certainly don't walk up to a bank teller and see her taking a drag while serving us, etc. Maybe that is what they were trying to enforce.
Last edit by Susy K on Oct 23, '02
Oct 23, '02
Also non smoker, but I smell a lawsuit over this one.......not a fan of this decision though because it is discriminatory.....
Last edit by Robin61970 on Oct 23, '02