Should health organizations add a 'tobacco filter' to their recruitment policies?

The United Nations public health arm won’t hire applicants who smoke or tobacco users who don't indicate a willingness to stop smoking. As anti-tobacco campaigns continue to proliferate worldwide, will more public health organizations follow suit? Photo by: Roo Reynolds / CC BY-NC 

Each year, an estimated 5.4 million people die from tobacco usage. This could increase to up to 8 million if current trends continue, according to the World Health Organization.

This is why WHO, among other health groups, is boosting its efforts to raise awareness of the health risks associated with tobacco, as well as pushing governments to take measures aimed at discouraging its continued use.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.