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What do you think? A way to save on health costs? Smokers Need Not Apply!!! Growing Trend?

St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, Philly~ plans to stop hiring people who are smokers, saying it hopes to improve the health of its 7,000 employees and reduce health costs.Beginning May 1, all prospective employees will be screened for nicotine and will be ineligible for a job if they test positive. Anyone rejected may take the test again in six months

Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., will do its darnedest to snuff out nicotine. The hospital will not hire smokers, and it will test all job applicants for nicotine as part of its pre-employment drug screening. applicants who test positive for tobacco use will not be offered jobs and may be disqualified from reapplying for six months.

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 7:52 AM on Mar. 31, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking accounts for roughly 443,000 deaths annually, or nearly one in five deaths — more than are caused by HIV, drug and alcohol use, suicides, murders and motor vehicle injuries combined.

    Smoking also is responsible for an estimated $96 billion in direct medical costs and $97 billion in lost productivity annually, the CDC estimates.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:53 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • I think it's an excellent idea. I also think it's the dumbest thing I have ever heard, A Doctor/Nurse, etc that smokes,lol.... You would think of all people they would know better.. It's a smart way to cut costs, encourage quitting, and benefit those that don't smoke because they won't be exposed to it.
    MrsLeftlane

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 7:55 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • Cleveland Clinic Stopped hiring smokers in 2007
    The move was part of a healthy work force initiative. The clinic is Ohio's second biggest employer with 36,000 employees.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:56 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • I think it is GREAT!!!! IMO~Smokers are a burden on the healthcare industry. Then add to it, they WORK in the healthcare industry.. Kudos to the hospitals who do this.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:00 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • What about all the alcoholics who are killing their livers? Why not ban all junk food so people won't be fat. And OH why not make everyone excise for 2 hours a day so no one will be fat because well darn it's a burden on the healthcare industry. Why not have all of our personal decisions made for us? Next thing you know you'll be told when and how many kids you can have. This is supposed to be AMERICA the land of FREEDOM! If you don't like MOVE!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:07 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • I am all for not smoking, and screening for drugs in jobs is also a great idea, but then why not make cigs illegal? this is a personal choice, not an illegal activity. It encrouches on the freedom and liberties of Americans
    older

    Answer by older at 8:10 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • Why not have all of our personal decisions made for us?


    This isn't the government doing this this. This is the private sector doing it as a way to control healthcare costs. NO decisions are being MADE for you.Don't like it? Don't apply to work for them. OR QUIT the unhealthy behavior.. This is the private sector saying, "we don't want to pay for medical treatement of issues that can be PREVENTED".. Good for them!

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:11 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • This just says it all!



    Marvin Merriman, of East Liverpool, Ohio, smokes his pipe on Lothrop Street outside UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland. Mr. Merriman, who is having back surgery this morning, says he doesn't think the smoking ban is fair. "They are trying to get everyone on a health kick," he said. "I can understand why nonsmokers would like it, though."


    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:12 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • this is a personal choice, not an illegal activity. It encrouches on the freedom and liberties of Americans


    A personal choice that costs private comapnies $$$$$ to insure.  And it is legal to do. 

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:13 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

  • companies....
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:14 AM on Mar. 31, 2010

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