Debating ‘no smoker’ hiring policies
April 5, 2013
Guests: Harald Schmidt, David Asch
Smokers need not apply to the University of Pennsylvania Health System starting this July when a ban on hiring nicotine users will go into effect.Â Penn Health system says this policy is an effort to improve worker wellness and reduce health care costs.Â In recent years a growing number of employers — particularly hospitals — are refusing to hire smokers but is it ethical to single them out?Â And what about other unhealthy and risky behaviors like overeating or alcohol? This hour, weâ€™ll debate worker smoking bans with two University of Pennsylvania researchers.Â Guest host Tracey Matisak talks with DAVID ASCH, a physician and the Executive Director of Penn Medicine Center for Innovation who supports the ban and HARALD SCHMIDT, a lecturer in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy University of Pennsylvania who opposes.
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