U.S. businesses pay about $6,000 extra for workers who smoke

June 4, 2013 5:04 AM

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U.S. businesses pay about $6,000 extra for workers who smoke

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 4 (UPI) -- U.S. businesses pay $6,000 per year extra for each employee who smokes compared with employing a person who has never smoked cigarettes, researchers say.

Lead author Micah Berman, an assistant professor of health services management and policy in The Ohio State University College of Public Health, who began the research while on the law faculty of Capital University in Columbus, said the team analyzed the cost of absenteeism, lost productivity, smoke...

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