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Tribune Company Will Charge Smokers $100 a Month

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dan Rydell, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. Dan Rydell

    Dan Rydell Guest

    Michael Mayo of the Sun-Sentinel wonders what's next: Will there be fees for alcohol use? Eating fast food? Having high cholesterol? Not adhering to proper weight/body mass guidelines?

    Big Brother is watching...........

  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    This is pretty common these days in all types of industries, though $100 a month may be steeper than most. I would guess $50 a month is pretty standard.
  3. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    This includes if anybody in your family under the health insurance smokes. How are they going to go about smoking out the puffing family members?
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    They don't have to. But they can tell if you smoke just by the color of your blood when they draw blood.

    When you you go in for emphysema or lung cancer and have your claim denied, that's when it hits.
  5. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    They are also imposing a $75/month surcharge if your spouse is on your plan, but has health insurance available from his/her place of employment.

    So if you're some schmoe on the loading dock whose wife works at Wal-Mart (which has expensive, crappy insurance), say goodbye to $900 a year.
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    If you're willing to pay $4 a pack for smokes every day then you should be willing to pay another $100 for health coverage.

    I have no sympathy.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Again, pretty standard. If this is the first year the Trib has done this, consider yourself lucky.
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    But if you feed your habit by picking the butts out of the ashtray, Mizzou will shed a tear for you.
  9. joe

    joe Active Member

    Better than being fired like some company in Michigan (I forget the name) is doing to smokers.
  10. Danny Noonan

    Danny Noonan Member

    They ought to charge $200. And $20 a pack.
  11. boots

    boots New Member

    I question what is the company doing about helping those addicted to tobacco? Are they sponsoring programs, seminars, etc. To flat out charge someone for smoking is pretty fucked up. No if, and or butts about it.
    Another reason why morale at that place is sinking faster than the Titantic.
  12. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Read the link, boots.

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