I would hire them as long as they smoked outside and washed their hands thoroughly afterwards. While I don't agree with smoking, I wouldn't discriminate my house cleaner over it.
Would you hire a cleaning lady who is a smoker? - Page 2
Poll Results: Would you hire cleaning ladies who took breaks to smoke while cleaning if you worked well with them and they did a good job?
5% (2)Yes, but only once in a while and only if they washed their hands.
No. I have 2 asthmatic children and one is VERY triggered by cigarette smoke, even leftover on clothing. Last Christmas she spent the day and 2 days following that on her nebulizer recovering from a dress that reeked of cigarette smoke that relatives thought appropriate to make her wear for 2 hours for church. Her last severe asthma attack that put her on oxygen in the ER at the children's hospital was because of cigarette smoke on a relative's clothing after they had washed their hands and then hugged her. It's not worth it in my mind. It's too dangerous for us.
Probably not for house cleaners. I have dealt with smokey electricians, but dh and I didn't know HOW to do the electric and the saved us from potential death and they were only in our house for one afternoon. I expect housekeepers come week after week??? Personally, I would prefer to clean up after myself than to smell smoke. Or just smoke ;)