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Smokers need not apply starting today the university of Pennsylvania's health system which includes two of the country's most prestigious hospitals.
Will no longer hire smokers even if they do not smoke at work.
Is this the right move or is it over the line joining us for -- -- -- family practice physician doctor Cathleen London.
And cardiologist and author of every woman's guide to a heart healthy life doctor Suzanne -- -- doctors thanks for big -- Brian -- you -- signed now let me start with you you don't think this is a fair new rule by the University of Pennsylvania why.
You know I really think we have to understand where the line needs to be -- I am so against smoking I've I've talked about this publicly over and over again smoking is that.
Best way to reverse the risk of heart disease -- cancer has yet it is not illegal.
So when something is not illegal we can't -- to employees who -- competent qualified.
That you cannot work at this institution if he's smoking it's it's just not.
Right doctor London your response it is legal to smoke.
-- bet it has affects on other people this is not just something you're doing to yourself even the smell on the -- thing.
Can harm people who have lung conditions and -- to chop as one of the Children's Hospital.
Is one of the hospitals in this system and -- particularly moment because there's still development.
We also have a responsibility.
As people in health care -- in the front line to be the example.
And in a situation like mess.
Yeah how is it consistent to say oh it's OK to smoke even -- let's see number one preventable cause of staff doctor Idec and some what about the accident that doctors and nurses -- smoker not setting a good example for their patient.
People are not.
Allowed to smoke around other people when -- if -- other people I think that is clear and consistent that's -- on New York.
You can't smoke in public places in front of buildings.
But at the end of the day.
When you come to work there is no smoking network and that's very clear that smoking cannot happen network it's very important that we do -- health care professionals sat an exam.
And very quick -- your brain doctor one of the last word what are what you do at home shouldn't use a lot of privacy in -- home.
Yeah but it's on your clothing and that gets out of those chemicals there's over what 4000 chemicals that are in cigarette smoke and that secondhand smoke is not innocuous and -- -- of it will trigger asthma in children who frequent.
Before didn't even have asthma.
So that's not acceptable period I don't know London not to sign Bob thanks so much of the -- you'll see how this goes as this policy starts today thanks so much for coming thanks for having me.
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