No Smoke: MetroHealth Will Not Hire Tobacco Users

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CLEVELAND– The MetroHealth System announced in a press release Monday that it will no longer hire tobacco users.

MetroHealth said the policy change, that goes into effect on June 1, reflects a desire to increase worker productivity, reduce health care costs and encourage healthier living.

Vice President of Human Resources at The MetroHealth System, Debbie Warman, said in the release, “This new policy is an important step in our continuing efforts to promote healthy lifestyles for our employees, patients and visitors, while making the environment of the health system as safe as possible.”

MetroHealth said job applicants will need to confirm that they do not use tobacco products when applying for positions. New hires will be tested for tobacco use.

The new hiring policy does not impact current employees; however, MetroHealth said it encourages its employees to pursue healthier lifestyles.