If you’re an employer who is concerned about lost productivity, absenteeism and soaring health-care bills, it’s time to consider the costs of employee tobacco use. The statistics are staggering…
- Cigarette smokers are absent from work 6.5 days per year more than nonsmokers
- Average additional medical expenses for a smoker is more than $1,620 per year
- More than 11 % of a smoker’s working hours are spent on smoking rituals
- Estimated medical costs attributable to smoking within the United States business community are well over $50 billion annually
There isn’t a business that does not want to keep its employees healthy and productive. With businesses accounting for about $650 billion of the nation’s annual medical bill, employers have a tremendous incentive to get workers to kick the tobacco habit. Considering an estimated return on investment (ROI) of 14:1, it is no wonder many businesses are seeking to reduce their medical bills by sponsoring programs to help employees stop smoking.
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