Many hospitals in the Cleveland/Akron area follow this protocol, including the one I work in. Anyone hired after a certain date must be a non-smoker. I think they are nicotine-tested as part of the hiring process. Anyone hired before that date is not required to quit smoking, but is not allowed to smoke on their breaks. Smoking cessation assistance is offered for free, and is also available for our parents (I work at a pediatric hospital). I am okay with all of it, having been a smoker when I was hired years ago, and never really having time to get away to smoke on my breaks very often anyway, I could smoke on my own time, come to work smelling clean, didn't really affect me one way or another. HOWEVER...we are now required as employees to fill out a yearly health assessment online, which includes such info as height, weight, BP, cholesterol level if you know it...I find that overintrusive. It even asks about mental health. That info is nobody's business but mine and my doctor's. Big brother is taking over folks, it may seem subtle, but it's happening. Just waiting for my pinkslip for being overweight. Even though my labs and BP are perfect, I quit smoking, and I am more active than many of the normal-weight folks I work with. It's the American way.