Bonner County eyes plan to avoid hiring smokers

Bonner County eyes plan to avoid hiring smokers

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Bonner County eyes plan to avoid hiring smokers

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on December 28, 2013 at 3:26 PM

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- Bonner County Commissioner Mike Nielsen says the county will consider a plan to avoid hiring new employees who smoke or chew tobacco.
 
Nielsen told a media outlet that he plans to discuss the idea during a department head meeting on Jan. 6.
 
Nielsen says the policy is needed to prevent tobacco users from raising health care costs that are paid for in part by taxpayers.
 
Nielsen says smokers could still be hired, but they'd have six months to quit to remain employed by the county.
 
Existing employees who smoke or chew tobacco wouldn't be affected. But those employees aren't allowed a 20-percent discount on health insurance costs.

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