Humana to stop hiring smokers

Humana (NYSE: HUM) intends to phase out the hiring of smokers where legally permitted. The insurer already has a policy of not hiring smokers in southwestern Ohio, except for those who commit to stopping the habit, reports the Wall Street Journal. Humana plans to announce it won't hire any smokers in another state, and eventually will extend the practice nationally. "We want to begin a long transition to an environment where it's not something people do," CEO Michael McCallister said. He aims to institute the policy "wherever I can," although he concedes there are numerous states where Humana would not be permitted to bar employment on the basis of smoking. Article