Smoking hazardous to careers in U.S.

Whirlpool suspends 39 workers who lied about smoking status
||Last Updated: 04/23/2008

With annual health-care premiums rising more than 10 per cent a year in the United States, employers are cracking down on unhealthy behaviours, such as smoking, to save money.

For employees of appliance manufacturer Whirlpool, based in Benton Harbor, Mich., lying about smoking could cost them their jobs.

A Whirlpool refrigerator factory in Evansville, Ind., suspended 39 workers, who had signed paperwork claiming they don't use tobacco, after they were seen smoking or chewing tobacco on company property. Now some could be fired for lying, said company spokeswoman Debby Castrale.