Proposal would allow SC employers to not hire smokers

In South Carolina, it is against the law to fire someone because they smoke while not on the job. But the S.C. Hospital Association, citing statistics that say smoking costs the state $1.9 billion a year in productivity losses, says it should have the freedom to not hire smokers.

State Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, agrees with the Hospital Association. His proposed bill, which will have a public hearing before a state Senate subcommittee this week, would repeal the state's 23-year-old law that protects smokers in the workplace.

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