Florida City: We Won't Hire Smokers Delray Beach policy in place to save money By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Oct 2, 2012 12:38 PM CDT Updated Oct 6, 2012 1:12 PM CDT 135 comments Comments Smokers need not apply. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – If you want to work for the city of Delray Beach, Florida, you better quit your nicotine habit first. A new policy prohibiting the city from hiring employees who regularly smoke or use other tobacco products went into effect this week, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. The decision was made to save money, as smokers can cost their employers as much as $12,000 per year, thanks to costs related to health and disability. Tobacco-using employees who had already been hired are exempt from the new policy.