BLUF: What is your opinion of screening applicants based on tobacco use?
As I look for a different career, I'm seeing large companies post "We don't hire tobacco users". Fortunately that doesn't apply to me, but the concept of publicly rejecting a candidate based on something that does not necessarily reflect on abilities seems wrong.
In fact, those same companies' applications state that disclosing a felony won't necessarily prevent you from being hired. Surely smoking isn't as bad as a felony in predicting future job performance?
I understand the logic and economics of the decision, but it sure seems like a politically expedient means of eliminating medical cost, not necessarily a morally correct method.