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Japanese Workers Who Don’t Smoke Given Extra Vacation Days To Compensate For Cigarette Breaks

A company in Japan has begun giving it’s non-smoking staff an extra six days of paid vacation each year to make up for the time off smokers account for each cigarette break!

Piala Inc, the marketing firm, introduced the new benefit in September after complaints from non-smokers that they were working more than their colleagues who smoked, doing the same job.

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“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,” said spokesperson of Piala, Hirotaka Matsushima

Following the suggestions put into the box, the CEO of the company Takao Asuka decided to give non-smoking employees extra time off as a bonus, said Matsushima.

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Asuka says he also hopes the scheme will create further incentive to other members of staff to help them quit smoking.