Sunday, January 01, 2006

Companies getting tough on smoking

With the new year comes new resolutions. I suspect "Stop Smoking" tops a lot of lists.

Some of my local landscape friends are getting tough with their smoking policies. Or more correctly "no smoking" policies. They tell me that they've forbidden their employees to smoke on customers' properties. They say it looks bad to clients, and they feel that it leads to too many "smoke breaks" during the day.

One owner friends has even put little "no smoking" placards on the dashboards of his three company pickups. A former smoker himself, he says he now hates the smell of stale tobacco and got tired of seeing ashtrays filled with butts.

More employers, given the choice, are going to hire non-smokers over smokers, especially if they're footing most of their employees' health care costs.

It would be interesting to find out what percentage of landscape/lawn service company owners have policies on tobacco use on company time. We'll survey our readers and see what kind of response we get. — Ron Hall

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