For a long time, businesses have been allowing cigarette breaks for their employees who smoke, but the results of a US study may make them change their minds about it. An article written by Rachel Wells for The Sydney Morning Herald says the study reveals that each employee who takes cigarette breaks costs companies more than $3,000 a year.
Smokers vs Non-smokers
According to the study which was published in the Tobacco Control journal, smoke breaks cost employers $3,216 a year. In addition, smokers also cost their companies a further $540 a year in absenteeism, $480 a year in lowered productivity and a further $2150 in additional health care. All in all, the study says smokers cost employers more than $6,000 every year compared to non-smokers.
By those figures alone, it would be wise for employers to totally ban cigarette breaks in the workplace. Those figures, however, aren’t the only factors. Even if a workplace has a designated smoking area, it doesn’t change the fact that much of the second-hand smoke all those cigarette breaks produce will still make its way to the air breathed in by non-smokers.
Aside from health concerns, you also cannot deny the resentment that non-smokers generally feel about smokers given office time to indulge in their filthy habit. There’s also the issue of the smell of cigarettes on one’s breath, body and clothes. The stink of cigarettes stick, and non-smokers often have the misfortune of working alongside people who smell terrible after their cigarette breaks.
Should cigarette breaks be banned in the workplace? Absolutely.
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