Proposed Fort Worth ban on hiring smokers fizzles

May 9, 2012 6:19:58 AM PDT
A North Texas city's proposed ban on hiring city workers who smoke has been abandoned.

The measure failed to reach the Fort Worth City Council.

Human resources officials on Tuesday declined to recommend the ban, following weeks of reviewing public and private tobacco-use policies. Fort Worth, starting in 2014, will instead use incentives to encourage municipal employees who light up to stop smoking.

Medical concerns had been raised about workers who smoke and supporters of a hiring ban said the move could safe health-related costs.