November 04, 2013

Smokers Cost Employers $6,000 Annually

Employees who like to enjoy their cigarettes cost their employers practically $6,000 more on an annual basis than nonsmokers, in accordance with a latest research carried out by Ohio State experts. Main author Micah Berman, from the College of Public Health and Moritz College of Law while carrying out a research has estimated a $5,816 yearly excess expense from discrete costs associated with smoking.

These costs incorporate all smoke breaks, health care costs, which Berman referred to as “decreased concentration in the workplace because of dealing with nicotine drawback during the whole work day.” The research also find out that smokers have a tendency to make less than nonsmokers,” Berman stated. Berman explained he had estimated to find smokers would suffer extra costs, but two final results of the research have surprised him greatly. “One is the degree of the cost,” stated Berman, “and the second is the health care costs. Certainly, everyone is informed about those, however in fact the vast majority of the costs weren’t as a result of health care costs but caused by productiveness costs from such things as smoke breaks.”

Brooke Cavallo, a third-year in strategic communication, stated she considers that productivity expenses can be the main concern between smokers and employers depending on what she has observed at work. “I work in a pub and the majority of my co-workers smoke, and we are regularly having problems because they have too many smoke breaks,” Cavallo stated. According to the tobacco-free policy Ohio State University is planning to put into action this semester, no tobacco products of any sort are authorized on any property both indoors and outdoors. Formerly, the university implemented a nonsmoking policy that banned smoking indoors yet had no rules on smokeless tobacco or smoking outdoors, apart from particular “tobacco-free” places. The policy started on August 1, however won't be applied until January 2014.

Dr. Peter Shields, chief of the Tobacco-Free Implementation Committee at Ohio State University, stated that there are some other factors that are not so essential, and one of those is the cost to the university and staff who keep on smoking.