Hospitals Won't Hire Smokers
St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, which has hospitals and urgent care centers in the Pennsylvania towns of Bethlehem, Allentown, Quakertown, Coaldale and Jim Thorpe, recently announced they will no longer hire smokers as of May 1.
A nicotine screening will be part of the hiring process. If applicants test positive for nicotine, they won't be eligible for the open position. However, they are allowed to retest 6 months later and be "reconsidered for employment."
A St. Luke's press release notes this is to promote a healthier work environment, and it does not apply to current employees. According to the press release, other healthcare facilities, including the Cleveland Clinic, have instituted similar policies.
What do you think about St. Luke's policy? Is it fair to not hire smokers at a healthcare institution to promote better health? Is it OK for a workplace to not hire applicants based on their personal health choices?