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U-Haul to Stop Hiring Smokers

Company will stop interviewing, hiring anyone who uses nicotine
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 2, 2020 3:29 PM CST
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In this June 14, 2006 file photo are U-Haul trucks sit on a dealer lot in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

(Newser) – U-Haul International has announced plans to stop interviewing and hiring nicotine users, including people who use e-cigarettes and vaping products, the AP reports. The well-known truck and trailer rental company approved the nicotine-free policy set to go into effect Feb. 1 in more than 20 states where the company operates, the Arizona Republic reported Wednesday. Those states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. People hired before the policy goes into effect won't be affected, company officials said. U-Haul International employs around 4,000 people in Arizona, where the company is based, and 30,000 across the US and Canada, officials said.

In each of the 21 states, it is legal not to hire people who use nicotine, company officials said. Employers in 17 states are also legally allowed to test for nicotine, officials said. U-Haul International has not indicted if it would conduct tests. The company expects the nicotine-free hiring policy would help create a more healthy corporate culture, officials said. The new policy will focus on the health of team members and employees, while also decreasing healthcare costs, company officials said. Some hospitals and other health businesses have also implemented no-nicotine hiring policies. Alaska Airlines has had the policy since 1985 to address health-care costs and health consequences, officials said. In addition, the airline has expressed the difficulty of smoking on planes and in places surrounding airports, officials said.

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