Employees should take up smoking, studies say
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So you’ve just graduated and are entering the job market? It might be a good idea to think about changing your perceptions of that vice, according to studies. Every day a smoker will spend an average of 45 minutes away from their desk, which amounts to nearly four hours per week because of their drug habit, research by Voucher Codes Pro suggests. A separate study undertaken by OnePoll for the British Heart Foundation found that cigarette breaks take up 8.1% of a full-time member of staff’s time spent working. This amounts to around 40 minutes a day. But whether we choose to accept that smokers spend on average either 45 minutes or 40 minutes a day away from their work, over a year this will amount to non-smokers working almost a full seven days more than those who smoke. What will infuriate non-smokers even more however is the revelation that smokers also take 70% of an extra day’s sick leave every year more than non-smokers, according to the study carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). These figures obviously do not make great news for non-smokers. While smokers are able to fuel their stress-reducing nicotine addiction, those employees dependent on the mood-boosting effects of alcohol or the euphoric effect of short bursts of exercise, will likely wonder why their habits are not accommodated during the working day. And for those workers for whom coffee and tea are their only artificial aids, they will wonder why they can’t enjoy their beverage al fresco like their cigarette-smoking colleagues. Employers will also be unhappy to find that smoking breaks cost them £1,185 a year for each full-time member of staff who steps outside for a cigarette during working hours, according to CEBR. Non-smoking workers across the UK will however take solace in the fact that as of last year, smoking was the primary cause of preventable illness and premature deaths in the country, accounting for approximately 100,000 deaths a year.