Smokers cost employers $6000 more than nonsmokers

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SMOKECOLUMBUS, OH – Birds do it. Bees do it. Even orangutans in trees do it.

And, according to researchers at The Ohio State University, when we do it, our employers lose money.

Their study suggests that employees who smoke cigarettes cost their bosses nearly $6,000 per person per year, compared to workers who do not smoke.

The researchers used previously obtained data on the costs of missed work, lost productivity, smoke breaks, and health care.

After saying some magic words, they came up with an estimated cost to employers.

Those costs fall between around $3,000 to $10,000 per person a year. Smoke breaks accounted for the highest cost in lost productivity, with health-care costs next in line. The study looked only at privately owned businesses and did not address issues of policy or ethics.

Oh, and speaking of ethics, the university’s news release said the study came out in the online journal Tobacco Control, but did not mention that the journal describes itself as essential reading for people who want to control tobacco use.

Or that the author worked on tobacco-control issues for the Food and Drug Administration before joining the OSU faculty. Maybe they did not mention this, fearing the results would just go up in smoke.