Delray Beach, Florida has placed a ban on hiring city employees who smoke or use tobacco products because each smoker reportedly costs an average $12,000 in health and disability-related money.
Delray Beach City Commissioners say the new policy will save money and promote a healthier lifestyle, reports NBC6.
However, the law relies on applicants being honest about their habits. They will be required to sign an affidavit swearing they have not smoked in 12 months.
Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Alexander Lewy told NBC6: "We just ask them that they not be smoking for a year prior to employment. We’re not Big Brother, so we don’t check up on our employees. We just encourage a healthy lifestyle."
Delray Beach is not alone in their ban. In Hollywood, Florida, employees caught smoking are instantly terminated.
In nearby Broward County, tobacco users are required to pay an additional $20 a month for their health insurance.