I think there are far fewer

by TONI H - 1/26/13 12:03 PM

In Reply to: I wonder how much smokers cost employers by Roger NC Moderator

missed work days because somebody smokes than there are for diabetics or parents who have a sick kid at home or a baby sitter doesn't show up or they have to take off to take their kid for a checkup or dental appointment.

In any event, obesity and diabetes, etc are considered to be pre-existing conditions along with addictions other than smoking, and yet none of those mandate that $5000 per year penalty ON TOP of the higher premiums that pre-existing conditions will cost. By the Feds own definition since the tobacco lawsuits, smoking IS AN ADDICTION.......but it is targeted all by itself and specifically for this extra charge/fee/penalty.