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Paying the Price

The rising cost of healthcare could lead to surcharges.

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This story appears in the November 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Nearly 50 million Americans smoke, and it's burning a hole in employers' wallets. Smoking leads to $75.5 billion every year in direct health-care costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Smokers with individually written health-care policies already pay more for health insurance, but companies are starting to require smoking employees in group plans to pay more, too. "The premium increase is becoming more of a trend," says Micah Berman, executive director of the Tobacco Public Policy Center, a legal resource center in Columbus, Ohio, working to reduce smoking and tobacco use.

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