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Why U-Haul's New Nicotine Hiring Policy Is Legal — But Potentially Not Practical

Smoking has been phased out of the workplace several decades ago — the health implications of tobacco use are beyond question and the healthcare costs associated with smoking have driven many companies to encourage tobacco-free lifestyles among its employees.

Now, Phoenix-based U-Haul is taking this a step further by pledging not to interview or hire people who use nicotine.

While this is understood to include cigarettes, nicotine is also present in cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff, as well as numerous smoking-cessation products — including gums, patches and inhalers.

Alejandro Perez, a labor attorney and partner with the law firm of Jaburg Wilk, joined The Show to answer questions about the legalities of the hiring policy.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.