Published: Sat, January 04, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Haul to stop hiring smokers in 21 states, including Virginia

Haul to stop hiring smokers in 21 states, including Virginia

U-Haul says people applying for jobs on those states will see statements about the nicotine-free policy and, in states where testing is allowed, the applicants must consent to nicotine screening.

Applicants in these states will receive a statement about the company's nicotine-free hiring policy and will be asked questions about their nicotine use, the company says. Yahoo Finance's Alexis Keenan reports.

According to the company, U-Haul employs more than 30,000 people across the US and Canada.

The other states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

NEW YORK (AP) - U-Haul has a New Year's resolution: Cut down on hiring people who smoke.

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The announcement comes a few weeks after the company broke ground on a 54,208-square-foot conference and fitness center at its Midtown campus in Arizona.

U-Haul's new policy is a rare one for USA companies, but it is not the first: Alaska Airlines has had such a policy in place since 1985, the Republic noted.

"In our continued efforts to enhance our wellness program and decrease healthcare costs, we have become more aware of the medical side effects of using nicotine and tobacco products", said Jessica Lopez, U-Haul's chief of staff, in an email to The Arizona Republic.

Companies also pay nearly $6,000 more a year for each employee who smokes compared to an employee who has never smoked cigarettes, according to a 2013 study conducted by Ohio State University. In addition, the airline has expressed the difficulty of smoking on planes and in places surrounding airports, officials said.

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