Carroll hospital will not hire smokers

Carroll Hospital Center, others cite health issues in refusing employment to smokers

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September 18, 2014|By Meredith Cohn

Carroll Hospital Center is joining Anne Arundel Medical Center and other health systems, businesses and employers who won’t hire people who smoke cigarettes or use other nicotine products.

Carroll announced the policy Thursday, and it expands on a policy that bans use of tobacco products on campus. The expanded ban is expected to begin in January.

Nicotine causes a wide range of health problems and is the leading cause of preventable death, hospital officials said, and is not part of the healthy lifestyle they are trying to promote. The hospital cites American Cancer Society statistics that show nicotine may cause more than 1.6 million new cancer cases and almost 586,000 cancer deaths this year.

Carroll officials said hospitals in Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, in addition to Maryland, have policies of not hiring employees who use nicotine or plan to institute such policies. Applicants who use nicotine products will be referred to cessation programs and asked to apply when they are nicotine free. The applicants will also be urine tested.

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