Mo. company CoxHealth won't hire smokers: New hires to undergo nicotine screening

Smokers -- not welcome. That's the word from the Springfield, Missouri, based hospital chain CoxHealth.

CEO Steve Edwards says they won't be hiring smokers. And don't bother lying on your job application. Edwards says potential new hires have to undergo nicotine screening, that also detects the use of chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and even nicotine patches.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the policy takes effect November 21, the date of "The Great American Smokeout" sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

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