U-Haul to stop hiring nicotine users in these 21 states

U-Haul, an American moving equipment and storage rental company, is the first major company in its field to deny job opportunities to applicants who are nicotine users.

The business, which prides itself on staying "committed to promoting and empowering a healthy workforce," announced the major decision in an official press release last week. Its new policy will go into effect in 21 U.S. states on February 1. Employees hired before February will not be affected by the new initiative.

Take a look at the U.S. states that will be impacted by the new rule in the slideshow below:

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

In addition to the newly-created rule, the company has also created a program designed to assist Team Members in four focal areas of wellness: health, mindset, nutrition and fitness. The "Healthier You" program will be offered to all employees and will include features such as nicotine cessation assistance, gym and personal trainer reimbursements and U-Haul Active Day for group fitness events, among other benefits.