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State employees will pay for using all tobacco products

imagesMany people have asked me if the random checks of state workers conducted by the State Health Plan will detect only cigarette use or all tobacco products including cigars.

I didn’t know — so I put the question to my toxicologist friend last night (she has an actual PhD from an accredited university). She says the tests would catch cigar smokers and users of any tobacco products. It would also likely pick up any researchers or extension agents who work closely with tobacco.

Not that I’m a big defender of cigar smoking, but it’s interesting because the justification for charging smokers higher insurance rates is because they allegedly cost the State Health Plan more on average than non-smoking enrollees. But what about users of other tobacco products? Do we have any evidence that cigar smokers cost the plan more than workers who abstain from cigars?