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Smokers fee? City of Pittsburgh employees who use tobacco will pay monthly premium

PITTSBURGH — City of Pittsburgh employees who use tobacco products should expect to pay more for their health insurance starting in 2019.

There will be a $50 monthly premium surcharge to each employee who uses tobacco products, according to a letter sent to employees.

Employees must complete and sign an affidavit, stating whether or not they are a tobacco user or a non-tobacco user, according to the letter.

The letter states that the city informed employees of the coming changes in October 2017.

According to the letter, employees who do not use tobacco for at least three months, or participate in a cessation program, will not pay tobacco-user payroll contributions.

Click here to read the full letter and affidavit.