How Much Do Smokers Cost Employers?

New research shows that smokers will cost private employers thousands more than nonsmokers


How Much Do Smokers Cost Employers?

smoking 300x198 How Much Do Smokers Cost Employers?In addition to a wildly elevated risk for cancer and state smoking bans in restaurants, bars, most indoor spaces and even outdoors, American smokers now have some more bad news to inhale: They cost private employers nearly $6,000 more a year than nonsmokers.

First published in the June issue of the journal Tobacco Control, the data comes from the soon-to-be completely smoke-free Ohio State University. Researchers there estimated that the bulk of the estimated $5,816 additional costs that employers incur from smokers comes in large part from their workers taking smoke breaks — on average some five a day.

The remaining costs come from added health and medical expenses. The New York Times reports that smokers miss more days of work due to smoking-related health issues.

The researchers looked at “absenteeism, presenteesim, smoking breaks, healthcare costs and pension benefits for smokers.”

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