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BATON ROUGE, La. A measure that would have allowed employers to fire workers for smoking in their off time has been shot down.

A senate committee has voted against the legislation. Pointing to concerns about bosses using the legislation as an excuse to terminate people.

State Senator Fred Mills Jr. sponsored the measure, arguing it was a way to curb health-care costs incurred by tobacco users.

He said the bill would not mandate employers fire smokers.

Mills said tobacco users cost employers $3,500 more annually than non-tobacco users by escalating health-care premium expenses.

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