Now, I am entering the nursing profession, and had mentioned the need for non-smoking before. Thought I would follow up on this with things I found while exploring employers:
Hiring Non-Tobacco User Policy:
University Hospitals continually strives to provide the healthiest and safest environment for our employees, physicians and patients. In keeping with this mission, effective January 1, 2012, UH will no longer hire external candidates who use any form of tobacco products. External candidates will be required to confirm their non-tobacco use when expressing interest for a job opportunity. Those selected as a new hire will be tested for all tobacco use as part of the pre-employment lab screening process. Candidates who fail the tobacco screening may re-apply after 90 days.
CLEVELAND CLINIC: President and CEO Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, and Cleveland Clinic’s leaders stopped hiring tobacco users; made smoking cessation programs free to current employees; and, in January 2007, began offering free smoking cessation programs to residents of Cuyahoga County. In four years, the county’s smoking rate dropped from 28 percent to 18 percent. “I may have saved, by that decision, more lives than I did in 30 years as a heart surgeon,” Dr. Cosgrove told an interviewer on National Public Radio in September 2009.
Basically, as someone entering nursing, I really have no choice but to quit, and I must say this is a great incentive! I would say that this is probably the dominant reason I have been able to say no to the cravings: I am paying a lot for my degree, why would I then pay to do the one thing that will prevent me getting a job in my chosen field?