There are many people who have wondered how much time smokers spend taking breaks to smoke their cigarettes during work hours. It is something that has been an issue for many non-smokers because they often feel that they are getting the short end of the stick. A survey was done by Halo Cigs and it said: “the average smoker takes roughly six days of smoke breaks every year.” That’s an incredible amount of time!
There are some industries, including retail, technology, finance, and insurance when the smoke break time may actually be much larger. In fact, it could be as much as 20 days over the course of the year. That’s 40 hours a month, essentially, a full week of work that is spent smoking cigarettes. It’s little wonder why non-smokers are up in arms over this issue. In fact, the same survey found that 81.2% of smokers thought the breaks were fair but only 25.2% of non-smokers thought they were fair.
Some companies have decided that they would adjust their paid time off policy because of this issue.
Piala Inc. is a marketing company in Japan that has decided to reward non-smoking employees with six extra vacation days every year. It is their way of making up for the cigarette breaks taken by smokers.
Smokers may think that it is unfair but the math is sound.
On average, 20 minutes worth of cigarette breaks are taken every day by smokers at work.
Many industries, including healthcare, entertainment, and education find that over an hour is spent on smoke breaks every day.
Many people who don’t smoke think that they should be given extra vacation days to make up for that time.
The survey by Halo Cigs showed that over 80% of those who don’t smoke think they should get at least one extra vacation day. More than 50% of non-smokers think they should get three or more vacation days.
Many of the people who smoke don’t agree that non-smokers deserve the extra time.
More than 38% of those who smoked and took the survey thought that non-smokers should not be given extra vacation days.
Then again, there are some smokers who feel that those who don’t smoke should be compensated for not taking smoke breaks.
Piala Inc is a company in Japan that decided they were going to give non-smokers six extra vacation days.
A spokesman for the company had the following to say: “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. Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate.”
So what would they do with the vacation days? Would they actually take a vacation?
Many smokers are wondering if the extra vacation days would make them give up smoking.
Halo Cigs wanted to find out so they asked smokers that question. The answers varied. Women said that they would need 11 vacation days to quit smoking and men said they would need 12.
Some people who were in certain jobs said that they would need more vacation days before they gave up smoking. For example, if you work in a legal field, you would probably need 15 vacation days but in a retail job, you would need 17 extra vacation days. Perhaps most surprising is that those who work in the educational field said that they would need 30 extra vacation days.
Smoke breaks might not seem like a big deal but they do add up.