6:46 am July 7, 2010, by Henry Unger
Gwinnett Medical Center says it will not hire smokers any more, reports AJC staffer Craig Schneider.
“By not hiring people that use tobacco products and helping current employees to quit, we are trying to lead by example,” Steve Nadeau, vice president for human resources, told Schneider.
What do you think of this new policy? Is the hospital picking on one group of people in an era of high unemployment?
Should other hospitals and medical facilities adopt this policy? Or should prospective employees have the freedom to lead their lives the way they see fit outside of work?
Is it outside of work when medical costs for all employees can increase because of smoking? But medical costs can increase for lots of reasons — should all of those new workers be shunned?
Beyond hospitals, do you think other employers will adopt a policy like this? Should they?
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