2 FL hospitals seeking smoke-free workers

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, July 15, 2013

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- If you want to work for Baptist Health Care and Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, you'll have to give up smoking. Beginning Jan. 1, the hospital will expand its smoking policy, which already prohibits the use of tobacco products by employees, patients and visitors on its Pensacola campuses. Under the new policy, anyone applying for a job will be banned from using tobacco—even when they're not working. According to the Pensacola News Journal, the new policy also expands to hospital-owned facilities and other facilities. It applies to everyone, including doctors. The policy is aimed at lowering the cost of employee health insurance programs and to promote healthy lifestyles.


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