On the Record

The Ohio State law faculty offers insights and analysis on a variety of pressing legal issues in the news cycle. We share their latest through our On the Record blog. Quotes are available for journalists to use.

Smokin’ hot study unveiled over summer

Micah Berman, an expert on health law who spent part of his career crafting public health policies targeting tobacco, fielded a lot of questions this summer from reporters about a groundbreaking study he spearheaded. The study examined the costs associated with hiring a smoker, factoring in everything from lost productivity with smoke breaks to health care expenses.

Berman’s bottom line: Smokers cost their employers about $6,000 more than nonsmokers.

Berman on WOSUNews outlets from across the country and news wires around the globe reported on the study’s findings, and Berman sat down with WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher this week during a live broadcast from a wellness rally on the Ohio State campus. The university’s campus-wide tobacco ban goes into effect when classes begin next week. Listen to the segment here.

Professor Micah Berman, at right, discusses public health policy related to tobacco bans on Aug. 13, 2013. (Caitlin Essig/The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law)