TribLIVE

| State


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

UPenn health system will stop hiring tobacco users

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By The Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 4:43 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania's health system says that beginning this summer people who use tobacco products will no longer be hired.

A notice on the Philadelphia-based health system website's career page says that as of July 1, the system will cease hiring tobacco users as part of efforts to improve the health of all employees and reduce health care costs.

The ban applies to all locations of the Philadelphia-based system except those in New Jersey.

Vice president Judy Schueler told WCAU-TV that officials want to not only educate patients on healthy lifestyles but serve as a model for the community.

Schueler said employees won't be tested for tobacco use, as some employers with similar bans do, but evidence that an employee lied may result in "discipline for falsification of application."

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pennsylvania

  1. State College restaurant plans new statue of Joe Paterno
  2. Visiting Corbett stumps for education budget
  3. Quicker ruling sought in Pennsylvania gay marriage ban case
  4. Volunteers needed to plant trees at Flight 93 memorial
  5. Three wounded Franklin Regional students in critical condition
  6. Philadelphia robbers steal $105K from armored truck
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.