|Feb. 3, 2014 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Employees who smoke cost U.S. companies $6,000 more per year than their tobacco-free counterparts, according to a study released this summer by Micah Berman of Ohio State University. Smokers are associated with higher rates of absenteeism, lower productivity, and higher healthcare costs. Given these statistics, it’s no wonder that employers and insurance companies are looking for ways to encourage employees to quit using tobacco. Education and wellness programs have become commonplace. And, it is legally possible to charge smokers more for their healthcare premiums than non-smokers.