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Tacoma hospital group won’t hire smokers

Ronnie Taylor  left, and Brendan Green take a smoking break outside Big John’s pool hall in Omaha, Neb.

SEATTLE — Starting next month, a group of five hospitals in the south Puget Sound area will no longer hire smokers. The Franciscan Health System says it will screen applicants for nicotine.

Chief operating officer Cliff Robertson says it's going to “walk the talk” about creating healthier communities.

KOMO reports Franciscan is the first member of the Washington State Hospital Association to require job applicants to be nicotine-free. The Tacoma-based group has 8,100 employees in three counties. Read more.

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