Smokers' job chances go up in smoke
MAY 11: Job opportunities for smokers are drying up, with online job ads specifying they need not apply.
Jobs ads for drivers, personal trainers, publishers, disability workers and receptionists have gone up only specifying that only non-smokers are wanted.
Reactions have been mixed. Anti-smoking groups say employers, especially hospitals and health organisations, should be allowed to turn down smokers.
But Karen Toohey, the acting Victorian Equal Opportunity Commissioner, said job advertisements couldn’t discriminate.
"Stipulating smokers need not apply for a job may be against the law. Employers should not seek to exclude smokers from applying for a position, unless the need not to smoke is an inherent requirement of the role," she said.