U-Haul to stop hiring nicotine users in Washington, other states

U-Haul says the company will no longer hire nicotine users in Washington and 20 other states starting Feb. 1, 2020.

The company announced Monday that it will be implementing a nicotine-free hiring policy to “establish one of the healthiest corporate cultures in the U.S. and Canada.”

“We are deeply invested in the well-being of our Team Members,” said Jessica Lopez, U-Haul Chief of Staff. “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.”

Other states where the policy will be enacted are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

Team members hired before Feb. 1 will not be affected by the policy.

U-Haul employs more than 30,000 across the U.S. and Canada,