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Hospital will no longer hire smokers

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

A hospital begins a tobacco-free hiring policy.

Mercy Medical Center will no longer hire smokers and plans to test applicants for nicotine.

Human Resources says the hospital wants employees to follow the same practices it encourages in patients.

The policy takes effect July first and will not affect current workers.

Mercy banned smoking from its campus about five years ago.

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