TAVARES, Fla. (AP) --
If you smoke, don't bother applying for a job at two central Florida hospitals. They won't hire you.
Starting Jan. 1, Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares and
Florida Hospital Fish in Orange City will no longer hire smokers.
They join health care facilities nationwide who have similar no
Authorities say job candidates will be tested for nicotine
during a pre-employment drug screening. If any trace of nicotine is
found, the hospital will rescind the application.
The new rule does not apply to current employees. The hospital
offers free smoking-cessation classes for employees. Those who quit smoking get a $10 discount on health insurance premiums each pay period.