Holy Spirit to begin no-nicotine hiring policy

CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) – Beginning April 1, Holy Spirit Hospital will no longer hire people who use tobacco products.

All applicants, including those seeking full and part-time positions, flex, volunteers and students will be tested for nicotine as part of the hospital’s routine drug screening.

The test will include screening for cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, nicotine patches and nicotine gum.

“If you use tobacco products and currently are using tobacco products, we are not going to offer a job to you,” hospital spokeswoman Lori Moran said.

The Holy Spirit campus has been tobacco-free since 2006. Current employees are not allowed to use tobacco products during their shift.

“Our current employees who use tobacco products do not have to adhere to this new policy, but we do encourage all employees who use tobacco products to use one of our smoking cessation programs if they can,” Moran said.

Holy Spirit decided to toughen their nicotine policy after becoming an affiliate of Geisinger Health System, which implemented its no-nicotine hiring policy in 2012.

“It is our mission to be a healthy healing environment, so the employees we are looking for are the employees who live a healthy lifestyle and do not use tobacco products,” Moran said.

Non-nicotine hiring policies are legal in 21 states, including Pennsylvania.

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