In December, Fairfax County, Va., announced that it was exploring whether it could legally force its employees to quit smoking in an effort to reduce health-care costs. The county also wondered if it could consider tobacco use when making hiring decisions. Ultimately, the county attorney concluded that both ideas are illegal in Virginia.

Now it is official, as we previously reported. In Virginia, and many other states practice the Dillion Rule, which means no county, city or town can have a law that is different from state law.



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