Monday, December 21, 2009
Freedom or Health
Recently a local company implemented a $11.56 a week or $600.00 a year charge for all of their smoking employees. Seems to cross a line that we may all be facing as America becomes more and more a social country. What's next $15.00 a week if you are over weight? How about $20 a week if you enjoy cocktails after work or on weekends? Maybe $20 a week if you use a tanning bed? Where does this kind of payroll deduction end? Is it legal? If you have any thoughts I'd love to hear them. This charge is affecting the paycheck of someone I care very much about, who works hard for his money and must agree to pay the fee, stop smoking and or enroll in a stop smoking program. Who has the right to demand how we choose to live our lives. Everyone knows the risks of smoking. Do I wish they all would quit? Yes. Do I think they should be charged through their workplace because they choose to smoke? No.