Published: Fri, November 03, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Smoking wastes time: Japan firm gives non-smokers 6 extra days' leave

Smoking wastes time: Japan firm gives non-smokers 6 extra days' leave

And, if you happen to work for the Japanese marketing firm Piala Inc, you get a lot more vacation time.

Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company, said: "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".

Every smoker at some point in their lives classified themselves as a social smoker or someone who smokes occasionally but slowly they begin transitioning to regular smoking and before they know it they have become addicted to cigarettes.

The company's office is located on the 29 floor, as per a report from The Telegraph, this means employee take an extra 10-15 minutes to return.

"I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion", Asuka said.

The change in company policy is meant to encourage staff to quit smoking. "Without doing anything, (nonsmokers') vacation increases by six days".

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Following the suggestion, the company's CEO Takao Asuka made a decision to give non-smoking employees extra time off to compensate, Matsushima added. The figure is higher among males and older generations. But most restaurants and bars still allow smoking, at least in some areas.

About 1 in 5 adults in Japan smoke, and smoking rooms are commonly found in offices and public establishments.

Many Japanese firms are encouraging their workers to quit smoking, especially as the 2020 Summer Olympics draw near.

The same study found that there's a growing trend where employers will ban smoking in the workplace, and they will even reject potential employees who smoke.

The Japanese government is keen to ditch the country's reputation as a smokers haven by bringing its smoking rules in line with the majority of the developed world.

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