OH County: No Fat Smokers For Health Commissioner


UPDATED: Friday December 6, 2013 9:43 AM

One southwest county is requiring its health commissioner be a non-smoker who isn't overweight.

The health department for Dayton and Montgomery County this week adopted new employment policies that will require the health commissioner to be tobacco-free and maintain a body weight that "exemplifies a healthy standard of life."

Current health commissioner Jim Gross says the person in the position needs "to practice what he or she preaches."

The Dayton Daily News reports that the weight restriction applies only to the commissioner. The health department's board of directors will determine the appropriate body weight for each new commissioner.

But the zero-tolerance tobacco policy will apply to all new applicants beginning the first of next year. Other employees have until April 1 to quit.

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