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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:41 am

A Mesa company has banned employees from smoking on and off the job in an effort to save on annual health insurance costs

Lee Benson, CEO and owner of Able Aerospace Services, began banning smoking in 2010 and fires its employees if they do decide to smoke, according to a report from the Phoenix Business Journal.

“We drug test for nicotine,” Benson said. “If they smoke, we fire them.”

The policy saves the company between $750,000 and $1 million annually, according to the report.

When first enacted, Benson gave workers six months to quit smoking and 10 workers left the company due to the no smoking policy, the report says.

Able Aerospace Services repairs and refurbishes airplane and helicopter parts at its shop at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and employs 360 workers, according to the report.

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