Texas Employers Screening New Hires For Nicotine

6:08 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Texas Employers Screening New Hires For Nicotine

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Some North Texas health care companies are starting to practice what they preach. Baylor Health Care - known for its exceptional cancer treatment programs – now screens job seekers for nicotine use. If applicants applying online respond that they are smokers, they are re-directed to resources to help them stop smoking before they can reapply. As Susan Ladika reports for Workforce, Baylor joins the 4 percent of companies that follow a policy to not hire nicotine users. In Texas, 18.5% of the adult population are current cigarette smokers. Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranges from 9.3% to 26.5%. In Texas, 17.4% of high school students smoke.
Job opportunities are going up in smoke for applicants who use tobacco products-particularly among health care organizations, which are screening for nicotine use as well as drugs before new hires can start working. One health care organization tapping into the trend is Baylor Health Care System, which implemented a nicotine screening policy in January 2012.