I’ve seen a number of recent studies which show two interesting and rather startling things.  First, the average smoker costs their employer about six thousand dollars more per year in medical care than a non smoker.  If you are a smoker yourself, that number seems awfully high, but the reality is that most of that number comes about as you age and start getting cancer at a higher and higher rate than other people.  The second thing was that (at least according to my friend, who owns one of the largest gift basket companies on the west coast) your employer knows that number better than you do, so you are much more likely (by some studies, four times more likely) to be fired or laid off in your 40’s or early 50’s than someone who doesn’t smoke.

At some point, you really have to ask yourself-is it worth it?