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.