December 22, 2010 - Back in November 2010 it was reported as of January 1, 2011 Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) and its members hospitals will no longer hire users of tobacco products.
Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport requires job applicants to take nicotine tests. If they test positive, they’ll be rejected. If they quit smoking, they can try again six months later.
New Non-Smoking Hiring Policy at Anna Jaques Hospital - Effective November 18, 2010
Hospital spokesperson Deb Chiaravalloti says, “We believe as a health care organization we need to make sure we have a healthy environment for our employees and our patients. Smokers are not a protected class.”
Last year, the hospital prohibited employees from smoking in the designated fenced-off area outside the building. Next year, the hospital plans to ban smoking on the campus all together, even for patients and visitors.
Anna Jaques is the first hospital in Massachusetts to require nicotine testing.
Reference: VIDEO - Smokers Need Not Apply by Christina Hager, WBZ-TV, 12/21/2010.
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