Thou Shalt Not Smoke

Companies restrict the use of tobacco in the workplace

In the newsroom of the Denver Post, reporters and editors cope with a company ban on smoking by gnawing on licorice roots and chewing on unlit cigars. Broward Davis & Associates, a surveying and consulting firm in Tallahassee, ) refuses to hire anyone who smokes. New England Telephone employees can take a puff in only half the company's rest rooms, and workers at United Technologies' Hartford headquarters must refrain from lighting up in any public work area.

As corporate America comes to terms with the antismoking fervor that has gripped much of the public, more and more firms are regulating the...

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