A new study by Ohio State University reveals that smokers cost employers $6,000 more a year than non-smokers.
- $3,077 a year lost based on two 15-minute smoke breaks a day
- lost productivity was based on the average wages and benefits paid a smokerworking full time: $26.49 an hour, with 232 days worked a year.
- excess healthcare costs of smokers, who have higher rates of lung disease, heart disease, various cancers and other illnesses: $2,055.77.
- The CDC estimates smoking costs $193 billion in health expenses and lost productivity.