COMPUTER giant Apple is refusing to honour warranties on broken machines belonging to smokers.
Apple has already declined to work on at least three machines in the US, claiming the insides were so heavily coated in tar and potentially poisonous substances they posed a health risks to technicians working on the machines.
Victorian work safety authorities said any employer had the right to prevent employees performing tasks considered hazardous to their health.
That potentially opens the way for other computer manufacturers as well as other industries to implement similar policies against smokers, with several Melbourne PC repair shops prepared to follow Apple's stance.
"I think it's quite possible this policy could spread to other industries, not only in terms of being a health hazard, but also in terms of a warranty issue," Paul Pritsis, of Another World Computer Centre in Coburg, said.