U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Nicotine patch, gum users won't be hired at hospital

The Carroll Hospital Center campus has been a no-smoking zone since 1998, but in a decision announced on Thursday, the organization has taken its anti-smoking efforts to a new level: The hospital will no longer hire anyone who uses nicotine in any form — including e-cigarettes, nicotine patches and gums — making the controversial claim that the use of such products is as hazardous as smoking. "We expected a lot of attention with this: We understand that it's a bold move," said Leslie Simmons, president and CEO of Carroll Hospital Center. "Back in 1998, when we made the decision to go smoke free, that was a bold move then. ... Going nicotine free is just...