A hospital in Birmingham has announced tobacco users are no longer being considered for employment.
Reports say Children's of Alabama, which employs about 4,200 people and makes about 800 hires annually, stopped hiring tobacco users on Jan. 1.
Doug Dean, chief of human resources at the hospital, says the policy is a move toward promoting healthy behavior which is consistent with the hospital's mission.
He says the policy is likely to translate to lower costs for health claims, reduced absenteeism and fewer employee breaks.
Other hospitals in the area are considering similar measures.