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Smoking Costs… Socially and Physically


  07:37:00 am, by MedBen5   , 199 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Heart, Diabetes, Hypertension

Smoking Costs… Socially and Physically

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently implemented a nationwide ban on smoking inside or near public housing facilities. It’s just the latest step in an ongoing effort to provide smoke-free work and communal environments and protect people from secondhand smoke.

While smokers may be displeased by these actions, the social inconveniences of smoking are minor compared to its physical hazards. Smoking increases the risk of heart disease and stroke by 2-4 times, raises diabetes risk by 30-40%, and has also been linked to hypertension.

In addition, smoking costs Americans over $300 billion in medical costs and lost productivity every year. So not only will decreasing the amount of smoking that occurs reduce health risks, it will also lower health care costs substantially… and here, MedBen can help.

Specialty care offered through MedBen WellLiving uses individualized nurse coaching to help your plan members lower their risk of hypertension, heart disease, and other conditions associated with smoking. Moreover, we will work with employers to design wellness program incentives that promote a tobacco-free lifestyle.

To learn more about how MedBen WellLiving play an important role in promoting better workplace health, please contact Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at

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