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Trying to Go Smoke-Free in Rhode Island

April 7, 2004
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Tired of second-hand smoke and the possible impact on health costs, companies such as Lowe’s are banning smoking not only indoors, but on any outdoor part of company grounds, according to the Providence Journal

When Hasbro created an outdoor smoking area last year, "we tried to make it as inconvenient as possible," said Robert Carniaux, senior vice president of human resources. Some companies are helping employees quit with smoking-cessation classes. Hasbro brought in a hypnotist.

Companies might get into legal trouble by refusing to hire smokers. They can also get into hot water in some states, such as California, by regulating how employees spend their time outside of work. Interested parties can discuss these legal issues in the Legal Forum.

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