JoinTogether.org reports on the Massachusetts Hospital Association plan to stop hiring tobacco users. The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) will stop hiring people who use tobacco as of January 1, The Daily Item reported Nov. 9.
The new policy will not apply to MHA’s existing employees. “The goal of our organization is to heal people. I care about my workforce very much and I want them to be healthy,” said Lynn Nicholas, MHA’s president and CEO.
Nicholas added that tobacco-related health problems cost Massachusetts six billion dollars a year, and 8,000 people die there annually from tobacco-related illnesses. She said, “I think people forget about the statistics…”
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