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Fort Worth Abandons Plan To Cease Hiring Smokers

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) – Fort Worth is not moving forward with a plan to refuse to hire smokers.

A suggestion was made last month as part of the Big Idea program to help save the city money by not hiring smokers. Supporters said it would help cut healthcare costs. City spokesman Jason Lamers says city staff will not suggest the council discuss it at Tuesday’s meeting after reviewing all suggestions from employees.

“This (idea) about smoking was very divisive and we knew that going in,” Lamers said. He adds that what the controversy over the idea did was cause the city to take a closer look at health conditions and health habits in Fort Worth.

Critics called the idea overreaching and questioned whether potential hires who had recently quit might be excluded.

Baylor Health System made news earlier this year for a similar policy that excludes smokers from being hired. The only way the proposal will move forward in Fort Worth is if the city council mounts a push to keep the idea alive.

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