I was pleased to see several recent letters to the editor criticizing UPMC’s employee smoking ban. You would think that this corporate entity (and that’s what it is) would be satisfied trying to bully patients and competing insurers, but now it is bullying employees as well.
Has UPMC, the area’s largest employer, ever taken a position or tried to do anything about the air quality in Oakland? I’ll bet a stroll down Forbes or Fifth avenues during rush hour is more dangerous than the cigarette smoked by an employee on his or her lunch hour, or any amount of secondary smoke in the area caused by cigarettes. To show any consistency at all, shouldn’t UPMC ban fatty fast food meals for its employees who may be obese or diabetic or suffering from a heart condition? Obesity now rivals or exceeds smoking in the enormous cost to any health care system.