I saw a job advert recently for a Kitchen Porter which said: “We only hire non-smokers”. Which lead me to question – are smokers being discriminated against? Is that even allowed?
After a quick Google search, I discovered that yes, it is perfectly legal for employers to refuse applicants on the basis that they smoke. Now, I dunno about you, but I think that this is plain wrong.
Apparently (please – someone correct me if I’m wrong), the NHS do not give lung transplants to lung cancer patients. Which I kind of understand, apart from the fact that I pay almost 20% in VAT on top of an additional tax of 16.5% of the price paid at the till point. More than enough to pay for many lung transplant surgeries over my many years of smoking.
Look, smokers aren’t stupid. It is a vice. Which is why we accept these ridiculous price increases year on year. We get that it’s supposed to be a deterrent and that many people see it as a dirty habit. But as a society, are we not pro-choice and have a right to live how we choose?
Cigarettes aren’t illegal yet because the government makes too much money off the back of the sale of tobacco products. According to the Tobacco Manufacturing Association website, £12.3 billion was made in Tax revenue from the sale of tobacco products in the UK in the years 2012-2013. In recent reports, it has been estimated that smokers cost the NHS £1.8 billion a year. From those figures, I’d say that we have more than paid for the right to free health care just like everybody else without being refused treatment. By that logic, anybody who does anything to harm their body in any way should be penalised in the same way.
I try my best to not smoke around kids. I can’t help it if your child decides to walk into a place where I’m smoking – I’m not moving my ass for no-one. There are RULES dammit! All I’m saying is that smokers are people too. I don’t particularly enjoy being tutted at by self righteous soccer mums so please don’t look down on us.
We’re just trying to look cool.