http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/...ve-tobacco?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE LANSING - Sparrow Health System will not hire anyone who tests positive for tobacco or nicotine products. The new policy goes into effect May 1, Sparrow said today. It does not apply to current employees. Sparrow is one of the region's largest employers with about 7,500 full-time, part-time and per-diem employees. "Sparrow is implementing this new policy in order to further our goal of being a role model for health improvement in Michigan," President and CEO Dennis Swan said in a statement. "We believe it is vital to promote a safe, clean, healthy and healing environment for our Patients and Associates." Applicants who test positive for nicotine will be allowed to reapply for a job 90 days later. The hiring policy covers all Sparrow affiliates, including Sparrow Hospital, Sparrow Clinton Hospital, Sparrow Ionia Hospital, Sparrow Specialty Hospital, Sparrow Medical Supply, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club and Physicians Health Plan of Mid-Michigan. It also applies to physicians and medical residents.