$500 buys a lot of cigarettes

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Nobody really likes being reformed, and that can make administering corporate wellness programs tricky, as Whirlpool recently found out.

The company suspended 39 workers at its Evansville plant after discovering they lied about being nonsmokers to get a $500 discount on health insurance. The employees were spotted smoking in designated areas outside Whirlpool’s facility.

Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool disciplined the workers for “falsifying company documents.”

Considering how much cigarettes cost (the average in Indiana is $4.32 per pack), tacking on an extra $500 for health insurance might be too much for some smokers to take. Slapping them with a record for “document fraud” can’t be much of a boost, either.

It’s the sort of thing that could drive a person to drink. Or quit smoking.

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