Can an employer check to see if you use nicotine?

If you're a smoker, you might be canned by your employer

Adults can legally buy cigarettes. They can legally smoke them (in many places).

Nancy wants to know if employers have a right to test job applicants for nicotine use, and to deny them jobs if they test positive.

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It's a contentious subject. It could easily be argued that people have a right to live as they choose, even if that means engaging in self-destructive behavior.

But employers have a right to hire as they please, as long as they don't violate any laws.

So what's the answer to Nancy's question? Check out today's Ask Laz video.

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