In a move toward a healthier workforce, U-Haul has announced that the company will soon no longer employ nicotine users in 21 states.
The moving and storage company’s new policy will go into effect on Feb. 1 in states that include Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
The chosen states are the ones where it is legal to decline a job to nicotine users.
Once the policy goes into effect, applicants will be asked about their nicotine use. In states where testing is allowed, applicants must submit to a nicotine screening.
Those who are hired prior to Feb. 1 will not be affected.
“We are deeply invested in the well-being of our Team Members,” said U-Haul Chief of Staff Jessica Lopez in a press release. “Nicotine products are addictive and pose a variety of serious health risks. This policy is a responsible step in fostering a culture of wellness at U-Haul, with the goal of helping our Team Members on their health journey.”
U-Haul offers a “Healthier You” program, which is a wellness program that includes help for quitting nicotine.