December 19, 2018

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

03 November 2017, 12:53 | Rodolfo Wallace



There are other ways to incentivize employees to quit smoking, according to The Midwest Business Group on Health.

A 2016 report examining karoshi cases and their cause of death found that more than 20% of people in a survey of 10,000 Japanese workers said they worked at least 80 hours of overtime a month.

A Japanese company is granting its non-smoking staff an additional six days of holiday a year to make up for the time smokers take for cigarette breaks.

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. Piala, a Tokyo-based online commerce consulting and marketing company, made a decision to kick-start the programme after an employee complained about the time lost work by smoking colleagues. Those who went for a smoke break would have to go to the basement level, wish each break lasting about 15 minutes.

Even more importantly, the policy reportedly has encouraged four separate employees to quit the habit altogether, and according to Piala Inc.

"Our CEO saw the comment and agreed".

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About 130,000 people die every year in Japan of smoking-related diseases, and an additional 15,000 die of secondhand smoke-related conditions, Susan Mercado, a World Health Organization official tells The Japan Times.

Tokyo's governor is hoping to enact a ban on smoking in public places before the Games arrive, though will likely have trouble pushing that through.

There are many western countries which encourages smoking in restaurants and work areas.

So far, however, the measure taken by Piala Inc. seems to be working.

Following a staff suggestion, marketing firm Piala has been offering its 120 staff the added days since September as a reward for ditching tobacco.

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