How Much Do Smokers Cost Employers?

by Burke Speaker | August 8, 2013 1:22 pm

smoking 300x198 How Much Do Smokers Cost Employers?[1]In addition to a wildly elevated risk for cancer[2] and state smoking bans in restaurants, bars, most indoor spaces[3] and even outdoors[4], 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[5], the data comes from the soon-to-be completely smoke-free[6] 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[7] 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.”

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/smoking.jpg
  2. wildly elevated risk for cancer: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/risk_factors.htm
  3. restaurants, bars, most indoor spaces: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_smoking_bans_in_the_United_States
  4. even outdoors: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/08/08/anti-smoking-battle-moves-outdoors-bans-increase/
  5. Tobacco Control: http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/05/25/tobaccocontrol-2012-050888
  6. soon-to-be completely smoke-free: http://www.thelantern.com/campus/ohio-state-moves-toward-tobacco-free-campus-1.3015531
  7. The New York Times: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/07/the-cost-of-a-smoker-5816/?src=twr&_r=1&

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