Editorial from USA Today. On Jan. 1, Baylor went a step too far: It stopped hiring anyone who smokes at work — or anywhere else. Treating smoking, in essence, like illegal drug use takes Baylor and an increasing number of other employers down a dangerous road, one that extends far too deeply into the private lives of prospective workers.
21 states do not have laws that protect smokers from discrimination. The ACLU has taken the lead on preventing discrimination against using a legal product, they still have more work to do.