Smoking Linked to $278 Billion in Losses for U.S. Employers
by Michael Collier on Oct 1, 2013 | Views: 98 | Score: 0
|Estimated Cost (in billions of dollars)|
|Estimated Healthcare Costs||59.4|
|Estimated Absenteeism Costs||218.5|
|Total Estimated Costs (Healthcare + Absenteeism)||277.9|
Estimated Costs ( in billions)
Workers who smoke cost the U.S. economy an estimated $278 billion annually in lost productivity due to absenteeism and extra healthcare costs. This figure is based on an analysis of the cost of extra missed workdays due to poor health, partial absenteeism due to smoke breaks, and additional healthcare costs compared with workers who do not smoke.