(Cleveland) - Metro-Health Medical Center will join the likes of University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic and start hiring only employees who are non-tobacco users.

Starting June 1, Metro will give health screenings and urine tests to prospective employees, and those who fail can re-apply in three months.

Metro hires about 700 people annually. The policy mirrors a national trend to encourage healther lifestyles, lower health care costs and increase worker productivity.

Smoking is attributed to 450,000 premature deaths annually, according to the 'Cleveland Plain Dealer.' The new policy will not affect Metro's current 6,100 employees.

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