Bright & Early: (Don’t) Light ‘Em Up Edition

Good morning, Nashville. The State of Tennessee is cracking down on its employees’ bad habits by charging them 50 bucks if they can’t quit smoking by October 1. The new mandate goes for all state employees and spouses who are covered under the state health insurance plan. And for those needing a little extra help stepping away from the cigs, they’ll be providing counseling, drugs (crack?), and nicotine gum. So after y’all smoke your way through the cartons of cigarettes you bought this week before the tax hike, it may be time to give quitting a try.

Photo by cgrantham.