September 6, 2013 7:00 AM

How your job chances can go up in smoke

Lost productivity from smoking breaks. Higher absenteeism. Extra health care costs. Do you think an employer would want to hire someone who would bring those debits to the organization? An academic study released this summer says U.S. businesses pay an average of $5,816 more a year for each employee who smokes compared with the costs of employing a nonsmoker.

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