Smokers Need Not Apply
Job-seekers who smoke, chew tobacco or even use nicotine patches won’t be considered for the 3,200 casino jobs in Toledo and Columbus when Penn National starts filling positions later this year.
Ameet Patel, general manager of the Hollywood Casino Columbus, said applicants who test positive for nicotine will be disqualified, and workers will be subject to random tests during employment.
Penn National’s policy will mean no tobacco use on or off the job for its 3,200 workers, and Ohio’s indoor smoking ban means customers will have to step outside before lighting up.
Penn National is joining the ranks of thousands of companies and hospitals that refuse to hire smokers in the hope of curbing medical costs and encouraging a healthier work force.
This is a growing trend among large companies because smoking makes health insurance costs a lot higher. It disturbs me that companies get so involved with their employees lives away from work. But, I understand that hiring smokers adds a significant cost to employers. That is the problem when you expect someone else to pay for your healthcare. Suddenly they have a strong financial interest in how well you take care of your body.