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This blog used to be about politics. Not so much anymore as I have worked through my fascination with that subject. It now seems appropriate that with a new president and the end of the Bush nightmare that I move on to new subjects that are more in line with my current interests. I may still occasionally express an opinion about political matters but for the most part I will be commenting on music, photography and personal observations. Thank you for reading.

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Smoke - Get Fired?
DNC: Health News - Warning: Smoking Cigarettes May Be Hazardous to Your Job:

"Weyco began its campaign against employee smoking in fall of 2003 and established January 1, 2005, as the deadline for employees to either quit smoking or leave the company. It provided classes, medication and acupuncture for employees who wanted to give up the habit. Most of the company's smokers reportedly complied and were successful."

No, No, No.... wrong.

But an understandable next step once you establish that its ok to let business dictate the behavior of their employees even when they are not on company property or on company time.

Drug testing anyone?

But those were drug users.....???

yeah, but the issue of privacy is at stake here, not drug use. Now a company has decided that smoking is bad (and it is) and has told its employees that they cannot smoke in their own free time. How long until a company decides that unwed mothers are bad and requires all its employees to be in a heterosexual marriage? Its a logical next step to say that alcohol abuse is bad (it is...) and thus employees should stop all drinking. Can Muslim business owners require their employees to abide by their religious standards? Can Christian business owners require that their employees attend church?

No. That is your answer to all those questions.

There's a simple way to solve this mess. Let legislators write the laws, let the law enforcement people enforce the laws and tell business to mind their own fucking business about what you do on your own time.

If you are doing something illegal outside of the company, that is a law enforcement issue. If you are engaging in harmful behavior outside of the company, that is your own choice. As an adult, you have the right to make choices that might be bad for you. That includes smoking, drinking and doing illegal drugs. If a compnay wants to offer free help for people to stay in better shape and quit smoking.. that's fine, just don't fire people. And for gawd's sake quit poking around in people's urine!

Let's keep company owners out of the law enforcement and morality business shall we?

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