Thursday, December 01, 2005

WHO no longer hires smokers

A spokesperson for the World Health Organisation (who has been spear-heading anti-tobacco campaigns for years) has said today that the WHO no longer recruited smokers and that this new policy was not discriminatory (since their legal department did not oppose the new dispositions).

“WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or other tobacco users.” Can now be read at the bottom of every application form for any position with the WHO following the implementation of the new policy today.

Each applicant is asked if they are smokers and if they would continue smoking should the WHO offer them a position. A positive answer to both questions automatically disqualifies the applicant who will not be offered an interview according to spokesman Iain Simpson. If the new hires do not keep their promise to quit smoking, their contract will be cancelled.

Hmmm… One less organization for me to work for in the future, especially considering my new employer! I am not sure how this new policy is non-discriminatory though. It's not as if tobacco wasn't addictive or anything. Surely, if someone is at least showing signs of trying to quit this should be enough?

Source: Le Monde


Categories: World Health Organisation; smoking

9 comments:

Suzy said...

Cough...another org to add on the growing list of groups I won't be working for!

Daedalus said...

Unbelievable. So we've become so enslaved to corporations and non-profit organizations that they can now dictate our behavior? So wrong. (And I don't even like smoking.)

Anonymous said...

upodate!

F said...

I tagged you....sorry!!

Allie said...

I’ve tagged you with a meme. Or am I too late?! Even though I’m not exactly sure what it is, I’ve jumped on that bandwagon and waved hi!

(feel free to ignore!)

Anonymous said...

.. wow.. did this blog just die? :(

plurabella said...

Just one tiny step away from a totaliarian society.....

Katie said...

It IS the World Health Organization... lol... makes sense to me. It'd be pretty silly to work for them and represent them with a death stick hanging from your lip :)

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