JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The corner of Carson and Matthews in downtown Jonesboro is an area known to many as smoker's corner.
This is because it is the area that is just off the St. Bernards Healthcare campus, which you are not allowed to smoke on.
The area is used by employees and visitors to the hospital, but may be seeing less employees in the future due to a new policy.
St. Bernards now requires new employees to pass a nicotine test before they can work at the hospital.
Jacque Ballard, Vice President of Human Resources at St. Bernards, said it is all about a new healthy initiatives campaign at the hospital which also includes exercise classes, nutrition classes and a sick call clinic for employees.
The anti-nicotine policy, though, has some locals talking.
Leslie Swan of Jonesboro said she doesn't agree with what the healthcare provider is doing.