In the mix: Smoker? No need to apply

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, January 25, 2010

Many employers try to discourage their employees from smoking, but what about denying employment because the applicant smokes?

Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, will no longer hire employees who smoke, reports The Chattanooga Pulse. The hospital plans to drug-screen prospective employees for nicotine. If tested positive, the hospital will rescind its offer of employment. Brad Pope, the vice president of human resources, told the Pulse that the reason for the new policy is to promote a healthy community as part of the responsibility of healthcare providers.

The article quotes others who argue that this policy is discriminatory, and compares it to not hiring people because of weight or because they lead a sedentary lifestyle.

The new policy won't affect current employees.

What do you think? Let us know by posting a comment on and see what others have to say!


Most Popular