Health Care Organization: Smokers Need Not Apply

7 years 3 months 3 days ago Friday, June 17 2011 Jun 17, 2011 Friday, June 17, 2011 6:58:21 AM CDT June 17, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis-based health care organization says it wants to improve the health of its employees and set an example, so smokers need not apply.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that SSM Health Care will begin a tobacco-free hiring policy in July. Applicants at the seven SSM hospitals in the St. Louis area will be asked whether they have used tobacco in the last six months. Anyone who answers yes will be eliminated from consideration for a job.

SSM spokesman Chris Sutton says cost-cutting is a side benefit because. Federal statistics show that a typical smoker costs a company $3,400 annually in health care costs and lost productivity.

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