Japanese Company Giving Non-Smokers Extra Days Off In Lieu Of Cigarette Breaks

At long last, a company is making things equitable for its employees who aren’t hooked on cigarettes. 

The Tokyo-based marketing firm Piala Inc. has decided to award its non-smoking employees with an additional six days off every year in an effort to counterbalance the amount of time spent on cigarette breaks by employees who do smoke. 

“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion,” said Takao Asuka, the Piala Inc CEO, as quoted by news station WCMH.

The divide between smokers and non-smokers has long been a source of tension in the workplace, with the latter group often feeling resentful for all the breaks taken by the former group to satisfy their addiction. A study last year that was commissioned by e-cigarette maker Halo found that 42 percent of non-smokers believe they should receive between three and five more vacation days than non-smokers. The same study, which was based on a survey of a little more than 1,000 American adults, found that nearly 40 percent of smokers did not think their non-smoking counterparts deserve any extra vacation days. Eighty-one percent of smokers said they think smoking breaks are fair, according to the survey;

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