Stebben84 wrote: Francis Di Domizio wrote:
$50 a month doesn't seem that bad given the cost to employers:Smoking employees cost $6,000 a year more, study finds
$6000 seemed like a lot to me, but the breakdown is interesting and makes sense. It even factors in the fact that smokers who recieve a pension normally die younger (thus costing their employers less)
I didn't see where they took into account the frivolous breaks non-smoking employees take. Also, a lot of employees take smoke breaks in their allotted break time.
A startling part of the calculation was just how much less productive smokers really are. “Though all employees are occasionally unproductive in one way or another, research suggests that smoking status negatively impacts productivity separately and apart from lost work time due to smoking breaks and absenteeism,”
I assume based on that statement, they didn't ignore frivous breaks on anyones part. Smoker's breaks were just that much more.
I found the following paragraph much more interesting:
“This is because nicotine is a powerfully addictive drug. Although cigarettes satisfy a smoker’s need for nicotine, the effect wears off quickly. Within 30 minutes after finishing the last inhalation, the smoker may already be beginning to feel symptoms of both physical and psychological withdrawal. (Much of what smokers perceive as the relaxing and clarifying effect of nicotine is actually relief from their acute withdrawal symptoms.)”’
One could also question the cost in productivity of heavy drinkers, parents of young children, late night gamers, or people who read and post on forums excesively.
Excess healthcare costs of smokers, who have higher rates of lung disease, heart disease, various cancers and other illnesses: $2,055.77.
Did they take into account excess health costs of those who are obese, eat like shit, and don't exercise. Not according to this article.
This was a crap study at best.
I don't know if I would call it crap. It was focused on a single issue. I'd love to see a broader report covering all of the issues you mention as well as the ones I mentioned, but just because it was focused on one possible issue doesn't make it crap.
I'd also point out that it's completely possible that they didn't factor those items in since both smokers and non-smokers can be subject to them. I know the concept of an obese smoker with poor dietary habits who doesn't excercize is way out there, but I've heard it happens.