Hospitals smoking out smokers with hiring bans

Baylor Health Care in Texas is among the latest hospitals that are barring smokers from their hiring process. Starting on Jan. 1, Baylor will no longer hire anyone who smokes or uses nicotine products, reports My Fox Houston. Current employees are excluded from the hiring policy, although existing smokers currently face a surcharge of an annual $50 for health insurance, which will increase to $650 starting in 2012, according to the article. Other hospitals have similar hiring policies, including Cleveland Clinic and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. However, a previous report indicates that organizations that go smoke-free only have mild success with 10 percent of smokers kicking the habit. Article