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Tobacco users need not apply

Chattanooga Times Free Press, January 18, 2010

Starting Feb. 1, Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, will no longer hire people who use tobacco products, making the hospital one of a small number of employers nationwide that consider smoking status in job applicants. Under the new rule, which does not affect current Memorial employees, those offered employment at the hospital will be tested for nicotine during their required drug test, a human resources officer said. Even nicotine gum or the patch would make a potential employee ineligible, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.