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Virginia county pushes anti-smoking classes for workers

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Fairfax, VA (WTVR) – One Virginia county wants all of its workers to quit smoking.

A Fairfax County Supervisor is looking at whether the board can force workers who smoke to take classes to help them quit.

Ten years ago, the same supervisor proposing the classes also suggested cutting smokers from the County’s payroll. That measure failed to pass.

The Washington Post reported that Gerald Hyland, a Democrat, first made the suggestion at a board meeting last month. The WaPo also reported that Hyland’s father smoked and died of lung cancer at age 50.