El Paso hos­pi­tal to stop hir­ing to­bacco users

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

EL PASO — El Paso’s county hos­pi­tal won’t hire to­bacco users af­ter Oct. 1.

Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter CEO Jim Valenti said the pol­icy was put in place so the hos­pi­tal, which has al­ready banned smok­ing on hos­pi­tal prop­erty, could en­cour­age em­ploy­ees to lead health­ier lives.

Sev­eral hos­pi­tals around the coun­try have sim­i­lar poli­cies, though Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter ap­pears to be the first Texas hos­pi­tal to make such a move.

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