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Where There’s (No) Smoke, There’s Opportunity

Written by PETA | July 7, 2008

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OK, so companies are trying to find a way to cut costs. And who can blame them, given the current economic outlook?

Enter Weyco, Inc., a healthcare-benefits administration company, which has already insisted that its employees quit smoking because of the impact on their health. The company also refuses to hire smokers. We applaud Weyco’s efforts to improve the health of their workforce and suggest they go further. After all, it’s clear that eating meat and other animal parts raises the risk of cancer and heart disease, among other health problems. So in addition to the “cancer sticks”—what about the drumsticks?

To that end, our own Linday Rajt, manager of our vegan campaign, dropped Weyco a line. The following is a part of her letter to the company:

To help staff members who currently eat meat transition to a healthy vegetarian diet, we recommend providing all employees with a free, delicious vegetarian lunch every day. Once employees sample tasty meals, like vegetarian shepherd’s pie and Buffalo wing-style “chicken” nuggets (meat-free and made from plant protein)—and as they shed unwanted pounds and feel more energetic—they will realize how easy it is to eat healthy foods.

At which point, she offered to send them free copies of our “Vegetarian Starter Kit.” If you don’t already have your own copy of the starter kit, go on over to, and get one free! After all, it’s your health at stake!

Posted by Jeff Mackey

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  • Antigone1000 says:

    Paul Well it seems common sense that if you didn’t make such comments then my comment was not directed at you. I’m sorryis it all or nothing?? Can I only post comments that apply to EVERY poster or post nothing at all? My bad…..

  • Paul says:

    Antigone displaying what never ceases to amaze me. The arrogance and ignorance shining through at the same time. When did either I or Abby say we were smokers? And even more irritating you talk about rights when you have just assumed we do smoke and claimed you are amazed. It always amazes me that people can make sweeping statements and suggestions without knowing the whole story. In our office people smoke outside everyone gets along and noone berates someone without reason.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how people will fight for their right to be unhealthy….. Well I don’t care if any of you smoke yourselves to death but why should I have to breathe it in????

  • Abby says:

    If the company is concerned about costs asking them to sponsor a free lunch every day isn’t exactly helpful. The logic of hiring only nonsmokers and vegetarians could be extended pretty far. A company could claim that fear of high insurance costs and lost productivity due to use of sick days is forcing them to fire or not hire anyone with a family history of heart disease cancer stroke etc. fire or not hire anyone who engages in potentially injurycausing activities like climbing biking riding motorcyles or even driving a car and fire or not hire anyone who ingests too much sugar caffeine hydrogenated oil etc. regardless of whether meat is involved. It’s that good ol’ slippery slope.

  • Paul says:

    I am absolutly astounded by this. This kind of discrimination is not allowed in the UK and would be considered a terrible attack on human rights. Our staff already smoke outside and do abide by the law. Not hiring someone because they are concerned about health risk is ridiculous. Are we to assume that an employee should be of a certain weight as well before interview stage? I know a number of vegetarians most of which smoke and some of which are overweight despite incredibly active lifestyles.

  • Scott says:

    Uh not a wise policy. Its discrimination. That company is dying for a lawsuit. Its one thing to advocate for change its entirely another thing to force people into it.

  • kelly says:

    Smoking and POOR EATING in other words the Western killer diet of high meat high fat have been linked for a long time. Smokers also tend to drink more alcohol.

  • Saucy says:

    And one light beer. 2 points on weight watchers!

  • Saucy says:

    As I sit reading this post I am multitasking. I’m eating my lunch. Yummy Yummy! It’s a Boca Flame grilled meatless burger. First I sliced the onion. Put it the pan. Add some soy butter. I’m going for a heaping teaspoon today. Gonna add some potatos. I zapped ’em in the microwave cut ’em up put ’em in the pan. tttshhh! OK now it time for the burger tttshhh. Flip it once Flip it twice. Put in a bun or low calorie Wonder Wheat add mustard ketchup and pickles. Righteous and delicious. And only 7 points on weight watchers. Unfortunately I will be having a smoke after this but not that yucky tobacco type.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Another thing I began smoking in college and I was addicted for 6 years. Then I found out when treatment for smokers is being researched cats are used as test subjects because their lungs are so much like ours! That really motivated me to quit for good!!