Should smokers' jobs be targeted to reduce health care costs?

01/28/2013 | SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership

The implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has states looking at health care issues in a new light. For example, Oklahoma state Sen. David Holt, a Republican, is proposing legislation that allows employers to fire cigarette smokers. Holt believes people will stop smoking if they are concerned about losing their jobs -- thereby saving the state money. Holt's proposal would affect only his state, but how would such a law affect different states if it became a federal statute? This post maps where smokers live throughout the U.S. and sheds light on what states and regions would be affected the most.

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