Nicotine users in Maryland and Virginia won’t be able to get a job with U-Haul starting next month.
The company is introducing a nicotine-free hiring policy in 21 states, including two in the D.C. metro area.
U-Haul said employees hired before Feb. 1, when the policy will go into effect, won’t be affected.
“We are deeply invested in the well-being of our Team Members,” stated Jessica Lopez, U-Haul’s chief of staff, in a statement. “Nicotine products are addictive and pose a variety of serious health risks. This policy is a responsible step in fostering a culture of wellness at U-Haul, with the goal of helping our Team Members on their health journey.”
The policy comes as the company is working to “establish one of the healthiest corporate cultures in the U.S.,” U-Haul said in a press release.
In December, it broke ground on a 54,208-square-foot space and fitness center in Phoenix.
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington are the states the policy will impact.
U-Haul has more than 30,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada.