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Smokers can still get hired at Abilene Regional Medical Center

Published On: Jan 10 2013 06:31:18 PM CST

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ABILENE, Texas -

Smokers will still be considered for jobs at one of Abilene's hospitals.

On Wednesday, KTXS was first to report on Hendrick Medical Center joining a growing number of hospitals who are refusing to hire tobacco users. That policy starts in march.

Hospital leaders say they want to set a healthy example.

Thursday, we checked with Abilene Regional Medical Center . They sent us the following statement: "Abilene Regional Medical Center hires individuals to fill vacancies based on their expertise and knowledge. An individual's use, or non-use, of tobacco does not play a part in hiring decisions. Employment at our hospital is contingent upon being drug free. individuals are tested before hiring and a number of employees are drug tested randomly each month. The drug testing does not screen for nicotine."