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Smokers need not apply? Pima County to weigh hiring ban

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) ai??i?? Pima County officials will decide this week on whether to implement a ban on hiring smokers.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote on the proposal to turn away applicants who smoke during a meeting Tuesday morning in Tucson.

The proposal would also impose a 30 percent health insurance surcharge on current employees who smoke or consume other tobacco products.

County health officials say the policy could lead to more than $1 million in savings annually in health-care costs.

The county estimates 32 percent of its more than 2,000 workers are tobacco users.

But some say essentially prohibiting employees from smoking on their personal time goes too far and could be seen as discrimination.

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