North Carolina plans to become the second state to charge its employees more for health insurance if they smoke or are obese, according to the Charlotte Observer (link):

State workers who don’t cut out the Marlboros and Big Macs will end up paying more for health insurance. Tobacco users get placed in a more expensive insurance plan starting in July and, for those who qualify as obese, in July 2011.

Tobacco and obesity are leading risk factors for ailments such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and chronic breathing disorders.

I wonder whether MacDonald’s will sue.


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