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Beebe Medical Center Just Says "No" to Smoking Employees

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LEWES, Del. - It's a common New Year's resolution: to quit smoking, and if you want to work for Beebe Medical Center, it's a requirement.  Starting January 1, 2013, they won't be hiring any new employees who smoke or use other tobacco products.

While locals think it's good to keep smoking out of the hospital, they're not sure if what employees do off the clock should keep them from getting a job.  Claudia, who lives in Salisbury and works for a hospital said "I mean if you smoke and then you have people that come in and smoke, it just defeats the purpose to me."  But Amy was torn, telling WMDT "On the other hand that's kind of digging into people's personal lives."

And Facebook was just as conflicted.  More than 70 percent of our Facebook Fans thought it was a step too far into prospective employees' personal lives with quotes like "You will be passing up many extremely qualified people for those less qualified because they don't smoke," from Kime.  Joan thinks it's a good idea saying, "I work in a hospital and it makes sense to me. Of course I have never smoked. Second hand smoke is worse so makes me happy!"

The policy only effects new job applicants, and is tacked on to the drug screening process already in place.  Prior to hiring, employment candidates undergo drug screening and the presence of nicotine will be screened for as well. An employment candidate will not be hired if nicotine is found.  The individual will be provided with smoking cessation program information and encouraged to quit using tobacco products.  The individual can then reapply for employment in 6 months.

This isn't only about health at the hospital.  Catherine Halen, the center's vice president of Human Resources feels it's part of a greater mission, saying "Beebe Medical Center's vision is to make Sussex County one of the healthiest counties in the nation.  As we work toward achieving this vision, it is important to start with ourselves."


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