Cold Turkey

A ban on smoking -- at home

If policymakers at Chicago's USG have their way, nary a puff of cigarette smoke will fill the air at any of its acoustical-products-division plants -- or, for that matter, in the cars or boats or homes of some 1,500 of its employees in eight states. In one of the boldest prohibitions ever attempted by a U.S. employer, USG has told the workers they will not be allowed to smoke on the job, or anywhere else. The company plans to use mandatory medical exams to check up on compliance and enforce the ban.

USG justifies its action on the ground that it...

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