Wilmington, NC -- For city employees, smoking on the job may be a thing of the past.
The city is proposing a smoking ban that prohibits its nearly 200 employees from smoking or using tobacco products while on the clock, according to StarNews of Wilmington. The proposed ban is set to start in 2014.
Aimed at lowering health care costs, if the proposal passes budget approval, the city will offer an incentive to employees who don't use tobacco in July 2013. Once the incentive is approved, employees who sign an affidavit promising not to use tobacco will have lowered health insurance premiums, the StarNews reports.
The city has already banned smoking in city buildings or vehicles. Around 18 percent of city employees said they are smokers.
The StarNews said that the city estimates going tobacco free would save $288,553 in claims.