(CNN) — Geisinger Health System, a Danville, Pennsylvania hospital is expected to begin screening new job applicants for signs of nicotine starting February 2012 claiming it will not hire smokers. Applicants who test positive for nicotine will be offered help to quit and encouraged to re-apply after 6 months. Existing employees will not be subject to this policy- though the hospital grounds will remain a nicotine-free environment.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Pennsylvania is one of 19 states that allow employers to screen job applicants for signs of smoking. States including Alaska, Michigan.
The American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and the World Health Organization have similar hiring policies, and there are hospitals in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas that do not hire smokers.
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