UAB medicine to institute smoke-free hiring policy

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WAFF) - The University of Alabama Birmingham has announced a new tobacco free hiring policy.

The university said that in order to provide the best care and support to patients, UAB medicine employees must be in the best health possible.

Starting July 1, 2013, all UAB medicine hires will have to be tobacco free.

That will include jobs with the UAB Health System, UAB Hospital, University of Alabama Health Services Foundation, The Kirklin Clinic, The Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, University of Alabama Ophthalmology Services Foundation, Triton Health Systems L.L.C./VIVA Health Inc. and UAB Health Centers.

The policy does not apply to UAB as whole or current UAB medicine employees.

UAB said they are offering more smoking and tobacco cessation programs for current employees.

"For more than 100 years, UAB Medicine has been dedicated to preserving health and preventing diseases in Birmingham and beyond. As health-care providers, UAB Medicine and the entities that comprise it should be role models for good health behaviors, and lead by example in the quest for good health," said UAB Health System CEO Will Ferniany, Ph.D.

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