Non-smokers get extra vacation time at this company

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The idea is that staff can win up to six additional holiday days annually, simply by steering clear of cigarette breaks at work.

"In the United Kingdom, 70% of smokers actively want to quit so there's definitely an opportunity for companies to deliver cost-effective solutions that help them achieve their goals".

The initiative named as "Sumokyu"- wordplay on the word "smoke" and a Japanese word for "break" - was rolled out by a Tokyo-based online marketing consultant Piala on September 1 after an employee complained about the time lost because the colleagues went smoking.

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"You don't hear much about the two pack three pack a day smokers anymore", Billoni said, "because without being able to smoke all day long at work it's physically impossible to have that many cigarettes".

Another Japanese company, an operator of convenience stores, chose coercion by banning its 4,500 employees from smoking during working hours, even while off-site. A full $3,800 of that is due to unauthorized smoke breaks and $400 due to increased absenteeism.

If you've ever glared at the back of a co-worker's head as he or she left the office on a smoke break, wondering why you don't get to just take breaks from work whenever you want, you'll applaud a Japanese company's recent decision. This happened after an employee submitted a complaint about how smoking affects productivity. That figure is about 40 per cent for men in their 30s. But curbing tobacco use in Japan will likely be hard, as it was in the U.S. Original efforts by the country's health ministry to ban indoor smoking in restaurants were scaled back after lobbyists pressured politicians. Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike will reportedly push for a law to ban smoking in public places, which would render the capital smoke-free for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Especially those countries which are leading amongst the smoking consumption.

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