At more U.S. workplaces, smokers need...

At more U.S. workplaces, smokers need not apply

There are 5 comments on the KAUZ story from Jan 13, 2012, titled At more U.S. workplaces, smokers need not apply. In it, KAUZ reports that:

FRIDAY, Jan. 13 -- Following the lead of the Cleveland Clinic and a growing number of other hospitals, Pennsylvania's Geisinger Health System will turn away job applicants who smoke starting next month.

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Old Guy

Fairfield, OH

#1 Jan 13, 2012
In this article, Michael Siegel says: "Despite being a pretty strong anti-smoking advocate and working in the health care field, I'm really opposed to these policies."

Every time I see his name in one of these articles, he claims to be a strong anti-smoking advocate. But then he is always against whatever smoking restriction is being proposed. What smoking restrictions does Siegel support?
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#2 Jan 13, 2012
I have not tracked him that much, but the only step I've seen Siegel support is reversing/preventing the inclusion of preemption clauses in state smoking regulations. He was lead author of an article that stressed getting rid of these clauses as a top priority for public health advocates.

What bothers me in this particular article is the way they spin this as "punitive". It is not a question of punishment, but of withholding of reward.

Siegel sounds like a boob when he refers to nicotine use as "a group to which someone belongs".

His analogy casting nicotine addiction as equivalent to sexual activity in the home is pretty ludicrous as well.

There've been times when I though he might have some credibility, but this isn't one of them.
Old Guy

Fairfield, OH

#3 Jan 14, 2012
Thanks for the reply! He seems to be a go-to guy for a lot of these smoking articles, but he's almost always against whatever smoking control is being discussed.
Old Guy

Fairfield, OH

#4 Jan 14, 2012
I love the judgement icons here. I'm "clueless" for asking a question. And your thoughtful reply is deemed "nuts" and "off topic", though it is neither.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#5 Jan 14, 2012
Old Guy wrote:
I love the judgement icons here. I'm "clueless" for asking a question. And your thoughtful reply is deemed "nuts" and "off topic", though it is neither.
Thanks for the vote of confidence. Wait till you see what happens to THIS one.

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