I just got my annual benefits enrollment letter from my employer and I notice they are now offering tobacco free incentives. This was listed right at the top of “A few important things to keep in mind for Annual Enrollment this year.” Here is a quote from the letter:
New Tobacco Free Incentives: Incentives are being introduced for being tobacco free. As part of the enrollment process, if you state that you have not used tobacco products for at least 12 months, you’ll qualify for discounted rates on Group Universal Live insurance and receive a one-time $50 cash incentive (minus taxes) in your paycheck in January.
Naturally my first question is can this be achieved by smoking electronic cigarettes? They have no tobacco in them just some tobacco flavoring, nicotine and water basically. I was starting to think that smoking only electronic cigarettes might qualify people for this incentive and then I realized that really the only way they could test this would be by looking for nicotine. I searched the web to see if I could find out if any other employers are offering this and found this link:http://www.in.gov/spd/2473.htm.
The page belongs to the Indiana State Personnel Dept. which has even better incentives and states, “… all state employees may be subject to testing for nicotine.”I am still optimistic that electronic cigarettes can help people to get these incentives but I want to know if anyone could post a comment stating whether or not their employers offer incentives for becoming tobacco free?