Geisinger Health in Pennsylvania to No Longer Hire Smokers

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Geisinger Health System, based in Danville, Pa., will no longer hire job applicants who use tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing or smokeless tobacco, beginning Feb. 1.

This policy also affects any applicants receiving offer letters as of Feb. 1. During the hiring process, all applicants will be tested for nicotine as part of a routine drug screening. The test will include screening for cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, nicotine patches, nicotine gum and cigars. The test only detects active nicotine users and not those exposed to second-hand smoke.

Current employees will not be affected by the new policy. Geisinger Health currently has a no-tobacco policy that extends across all Geisinger properties.

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