Friday, December 14, 2007

Did you quit smoking, Mr. Zell?

The $100 per month penalty for being a smoker starts in a couple of weeks.

Employers like Tribune ($100 monthly), Gannett ($60 monthly), Northwest Airlines and PepsiCo Inc. ($20-$50 monthly) now require employees and their dependents who use tobacco to pay a surcharge in hopes of motivating workers to quit the habit and help offset the high insurance costs for employers and their workers.

When Tribune announced its surcharge plan to employees in October, it also launched a free employee smoking cessation program: employees who enroll and complete the program get the fee waived.

Better throw away those Marlboros, Mr. Zell. What? The surcharge doesn't apply to you? Oh.

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