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Company offers non-smoking employees 6 extra days off to make up for cigarette breaks

A company in Japan is giving its non-smoking employees an extra six days of paid time off per year to make up for smokers’ cigarette breaks.

The Tokyo-based marketing firm Piala Inc. introduced the perk after employees complained that they were working more hours than staff who took time off to smoke a cigarette, according to the Telegraph.

“One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems,” Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company, told the newspaper. “Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate.”

With the company’s office on the 29th floor of a building, resentment grew among non-smoking employees as anyone craving a cigarette has to go to the basement level, according to the Telegraph — which reported that each break lasted around 15 minutes.

“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion,” Takao Asuka, Piala Inc. CEO, told Kyodo News.

At least 30 of the company’s 120 employees have taken the extra days off, the Telegraph reported. The incentive has also encouraged four people to give up smoking.

The smoking rate in Japan has dropped in recent years, thanks to increasing health awareness, an aging population, tougher regulations and higher cigarette prices, the Japan Times reported. A recent survey by Japan Tobacco found that the smoking rate among people aged 20 and older fell to 17.9 percent in 2018 — compared to 36.1 percent in 1989, according to the newspaper.

 

Wait for the squeals of outrage from the woke lefties claiming discrimination against smokers.

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      • Napkin math says with 15 minutes per smoke break, it works out to somewhere between 30 and 40 cigarettes a day. That feels quite heavy, maybe they’re loading the incentive for the non-smokers to convince more people to quit?

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        • It used to take me seven minutes to smoke a cigarette when I was at high school but it used to take me 20 minutes each way to go home and have it at lunch time lol If I had biked really fast I had time for two. 😉
          A lot of it is also the time spent thinking about when one can have ones next puff.

          When I was at uni recently you could see the smokers looking forward to the lecture break, it used to piss me off when the lecturer was also a smoker, they formed a little clique, as a non-smoker you never got that informal bond with the lecturer that the smokers had.

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  1. My father started his timber joinery business back in the early 1950’s, and employed around 10 staff. After the first few years, he noticed that some of his workers – including tradesmen – who were smokers, were effectively spending up to an hour of work time per day rolling up their smokes and smoking; about 60% of his staff smoked in those days.
    In the early ’60’s he decided that he would not employ anyone who rolled his own smokes, and insisted that smokers smoke only during smoko time and lunch break. By the end of the ’60’s he would not employ anyone at all who smoked because the men always broke the smoking rule.

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