Wellmont Health System has announced it will restrict hiring to those who do not use tobacco products.
The policy took effect on October 31 and requires testing all applicants who have been offered employment at Wellmont for the presence of nicotine and other tobacco substances.
If the test is positive, the conditional hiring process for an applicant will cease and the person will not be employed.
Wellmont spokesman Jim Wozniak says his new requirement also affects contract workers who could potentially work at Wellmont as well as physicians.
Wellmonts says exposure to the smell from tobacco products can cause discomfort for our patients and staff members.
Those who seek a job with Wellmont and are disqualified due to a positive test will be eligible to reapply for a position with the health system after three months.