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The War on Nicotine

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Songbird, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Vermont's law just went into effect so you can't buy smokes till you're 21.

    U-Haul is putting a halt on the employment of nicotine users in Vermont and 20 other states starting Feb 1.

    The equipment moving and storage rental company’s new nicotine-free hiring policy will apply to users of nicotine patches, capsules or any other products containing nicotine, but workers hired prior to Feb 1 will not be impacted by the policy, U-Haul announced in a recent press release.

    U-haul’s jump on the health-conscious wave comes amid rising concerns over increases in youth tobacco use and vaping. In 2017, 9.3 percent of high school students in Vermont smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, the rate was 8 percent, according to a study conducted by Truth Initiative.

    Full story here.
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Thought this was federal law now.
  3. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    It should be. More importantly, the existing laws should be enforced more vigorously. The tobacco industry has been living off getting children addicted to nicotine for way too long. How many people actually pick up smoking after they turn 18, much less after they turn 21? Not nearly enough to keep big tobacco executives in the type of lifestyle to which they are accustomed.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    So the U-Haul employee that rents you a shitbox on wheels will now be a non-smoker. Got it.
    Sea Bass likes this.
  5. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    America: you are free to do as we say.
  6. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Excellent. I hope more states and companies take these kind of measures. I have said this before and I'll say it again: how in the world can any reasonably-educated person ever think about putting a cigarette in their mouth? There's too much info, too much proof and too many dead people.
  7. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Costs a lot more to insure a smoker, no?
  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    A LOT more, the extra costs for a smoker can run into the thousands of dollars of year. ... Also, employees who don't smoke are sick much less often, so less sick time away.

    One thing not discussed is if U Haul could have taken a carrot approach, instead of the stick approach they did? Could a company tell employees that they can get free or cheaper company-subsidized health insurance if they test nicotine free, but they will have to pay for it themselves if they smoke or vape? Or is that not an option because it is so overregulated?
  9. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Good question. I don't know the answer to that, but Cosmo raised a good point. I doubt U-Haul cares about anything other than keeping its own insurance costs down and getting employees to show up to work more often.

    Is this fair or right? I don't care. As I have in the past, I freely admit that I am not particularly rational on this subject. The target of my ire is not smokers. It is the tobacco companies, who make their living by selling poison to children.
  10. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Well, ya first do it when you're young, dumb and impressionable, then you kind of like it and so you keep going back. I'm 46 and I still smoke socially. I'm pretty reasonably educated, but I also have an addictive personality.
  11. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    At the same time we're trying to eliminate tobacco smoke, there is a massive push to legalize marijuana nationwide.
    Inhaling one type of smoke into your lungs is OK and the other is not, I suppose.
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  12. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I was in the city last week, meandering from sand to glass for hours on end. Haven't had a cig in a few years but was really wanting one and nearly bought a pack to indulge for a few days. Chose not to. Kind of want one right now but not enough to make the effort.
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