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New Survey Shows Majority of Employers Rank Smoking as One of Their Greatest Priority Health Issues, But Only 2 Percent Provide Comprehensive Smoking Cessation Benefits for Employees
Date:10/25/2007

by more than 4.4 percentage points in either direction. This educational initiative was sponsored by Pfizer Inc.

About the National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health, representing more than 284 large employers, is the nation's only nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to large employers' most important health care and related benefit issues. The Business Group identifies and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members, primarily FORTUNE 500 and large public sector employers, provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families.

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