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  •  less smoking is a big cost reduction (0+ / 0-)

    The Cleveland Clinic went to a non-smoking/non-tobacco standard for all employees.  Not only can't you smoke on Hospital property, but you have to take a test every year (or when your manager suspects you might have used tobacco) to validate you are tobacco free.  If you test positive for tobacco, you are fired.

    They have lowered the number of sick days taken by employees, have seen fewer doctor visits, and project to see much lower costs for all employees over the next ten years.

    The next push is going to be weight.  

    Now they are not solving the cost issue, they just are getting rid of anyone who drives up the cost of medical care by firing them.

    Over all, there are fewer smokers, so that could be a savings there.

    Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

    by DrillSgtK on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 07:30:22 PM PDT

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