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Saying NO To Job Seekers Who Smoke

May 3, 20139 min
If you smoke, you might reconsider applying for a job at the Cleveland Clinic, because if you flunk their nicotine-free urine test, well, sorry, no job for you.Looking for a job in healthcare, perhaps at the world famous Cleveland Clinic? A wonderful calling, an opportunity to help people and make a difference in their lives. But if you smoke, you might reconsider applying for a job at the Cleveland Clinic, because if you flunk their nicotine-free urine test, well, sorry, no job for you right now..According to Dr. Paul Terpeluk, MD, the Cleveland Clinic's medical director of Employee Health Services, that may sound harsh to some, but consider that cigarette smoke contains hundreds of chemicals and compounds that are toxic and at least 69 that cause cancer. These chemicals travel throughout the body, wreaking havoc in the form of inflammation, cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and a weakened immune system.Dr. Terpeluk states that, To ignore this would be to undermine our commitment to health and wellness, which includes providing a healthy environment for our employees, visitors and patients. Plus, the policy has not proved to be an overwhelming obstacle for job applicants. Since it was instituted, less than 2% of job offers — about 300 out of 20,000 — have been rescinded due to positive nicotine tests.

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