DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Smokers won't be hired at new casinos in Columbus and Toledo, a ban that's been adopted in other industries as employers try to hold down health care costs.

Job seekers who smoke, chew tobacco or even use nicotine patches won't be considered for the 3,200 casino jobs in Toledo and Columbus when developer Penn National Gaming Inc. starts filling positions later this year, The Dayton Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/xNYotF ) Thursday.

Ohio state law prohibits any smoking in public places, including casinos, but Penn National's policy will mean its Ohio casino workers will not be allowed to use tobacco on or off the job.

Applicants will be screened, and any who test positive for nicotine will be disqualified. The policy will be enforced after employment through random nicotine testing, said Ameet Patel, general manager of Hollywood Casino Columbus.

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