I was taken aback by a certain policy followed by a lot of organisations regarding employment. A lot of companies these days have started a "No employment for smokers" policy.
This is alarming. Discrimination based on lifestyle choice is still discrimination, no matter what you justify it with. Are we using health and productivity concerns to forge a new racism? Inspite of all theories supporting the health/productivity concerns, should not the employment decision be based more on the individuals productivity/merit rather than debunking him/her right away for being a smoker. This generalisation is as alarming as saying people of ethnicity A have been shown to be less productive than people of ethnicity B, hence people of ethnicity A need not apply.
A company/organisation is within its rights to keep its premises free from the threat of second hand smoke for its non-smoking employees, by designating a smoke free work space or specific smoker-zones. However, the complete denial of employment to smokers is trespassing into the private rights of the individual.
Does an employer have authority over its employee's activities [ as long as they do not constitute illegal activities] and choices in his personal life?