The city of Dayton, Ohio has announced that as of July 15, it will no longer hire tobacco users for government jobs, and they will test any applicant during the hiring process and probationary period.

The city is looking to reduce healthcare costs as well as improve the overall wellness of the city, and taking this step is part of that plan. City officials have said that smokers can cost upwards of $6.000 a year in additional healthcare costs and lost productivity.

The restriction applies to traditional tobacco products as well as e-cigarettes. Should a smoker apply for a job, they will be given the opportunity to take cessation treatment, though will be tested during their probationary period and would lose their job if the tests find that they have been smoking.

The city will not be conducting random checks of employees, and the ban will not apply to employees hired before July 15.

Dayton is home to just over 140,00 residents.

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