Skip to comments.Maricopa County Testing Workers for Nicotine
Posted on 03/16/2011 11:01:10 AM PDT by yorkie
Some Maricopa County workers are burned up about a new health-plan requiring them to submit saliva for nicotine analysis.
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I am an ardent non-smoker but this seems way over the line to me.
How about testing for drugs? And test county politicians also.
Test ‘em for Big Mac-itine too.
I agree - it is WAY over the line............plus a saliva swab will also contain DNA which can be saved
Information sent to county workers says the test results will be shared with the county’s employee-benefits division but will be kept confidential by staff trained in patient confidentiality.
Nicotine doesn’t cause cancer. (It’s true — look it up.) They should be swabbing for tar and other burnt particulates found in carcinogenic cig smoke if they insist on being a nanny state. The e-cig users and nicorette gum chewers are going to be pissed.
Having been addicted to nicotine via cigarettes, I’m wondering why cannabis via a joint is illegal.
I say, instead of testing for nicotine, they all be fired, recalled or demoted for such a stupid hair brained scheme to save the county a few bucks on a healthcare plan.
Testing workers-even though they are government— is OK yet test a few welfare mothers for crack and one is labeled a NAZI!!
yup. only fair to gather info on BMI and sexuality too.
Testing for a legal product? Wonder what’s next?
This is local govt...............................
You could add snuff users to your list of the aggrieved.
I honestly wouldn’t have ever expected a nanny state out of Sheriff Joe. I can see a no smoking on the job policy, but a ban on smoking at home, or chewing terbaccy or the new fangled e-cigarettes anywhere? That’s over the top. And I don’t partake in tobacco.
I don't think you understand how county governments work. Arpaio is the Sheriff. He doesn't run government.
The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog is -— G. K. Chesterton
Not only is nicotine non-carcinogenic, it is also not very addictive at all, unless its consumption is accompanied by other particular chemicals (MAOIs). Basically, nicotine is roughly similar to caffeine in terms of health and addiction risks, although nicotine has many more positive health effects than caffeine does.
I don’t think this has anything to do with Sheriff Joe. (I am almost certain.)
Next? Why Operation Yellow Flow to see if youskis had a couple of brewskis.
I get a discount on my employer provided health insurance if I attest that I am a non-smoker. I dont have to answer the question but I don’t get the discount unless I claim to be tobacco free. I don’t see a provision for testing my claim but I can imagine a plan that would include such a provision.
The Massachusetts Hospital Association announced nicotine testing for all employees.
Even those indulging at home after work will not be allowed to do so.
When asked about his new ordnance, the head of the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimation replied, “Smokers are not a protected class”.
Welcome to the Landofhtefre......never mind.
Land of the Classes, Protected.
If it ever comes to that, I am in deep kimchi.
I know two ex-smokers who chew the nicotine gum. Although you are suppose to wean yourself off the gum, their doctors recommended that they chew a piece here or there (they are very high stress type of people). One has been cigarette free for four years and the other ten years. They will still chew a piece anywhere from once a week to once a month. My point is nicotine can be in your system other ways than direct smoking.
Once again, kiss more freedoms goodbye. Let them try that with me.. how long does nicotine take to get out of the body? Sure I can wait that long for a smoke.
Its time to lie and make these police state tactics into the jokes that they are.
when we had individual health insurance more than 10 years ago, a blood test was required - and if you said you were a non-smoker, they checked. Premiums were higher for smokers. I do believe that people who were obese (medically) were charged a higher premium also.
You are SO right, eXe. More freedoms are taken from us every day........and I don’t see it getting any better in the future of our country.
THe Sheriff probably indulges in a cigar now and then.
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