This firm gives non-smokers six days of extra paid holidays

Phillip Cunningham
November 3, 2017

Japanese companies are encouraging its employees to quit smoking by providing the facility of six additional leaves.

Although the USA has had its own problems with people not taking enough time off from work, Americans aren't smoking as much as they used to. After a non-smoking employee submitted a complaint about how smoke breaks were affecting productivity, marketing firm Piala Inc. made a change to its paid time off policy. Because of the distance, each break lasts around 15 minutes, and according to employees, that adds up quickly.

"Kal se pakka smoking bandh" is something every smoker has said in their lives at least once if not more but how many times have you actually followed through with it?

The paid leave benefit was launched after non-smoking employees left comments in the organisation's suggestion box, stating that smoking breaks were causing problems.

"I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion", Asuka told the Japan Times.

About 20 percent of Japanese smoke, down sharply from recent decades but still one of the highest rates in the world, according to government figures.

Convenience store chain Lawson Inc. introduced an all-day ban on smoking at its head office and all regional offices in June, with an eye toward lowering the ratio of smokers to its entire workforce by around 10 percentage points in fiscal 2018 from 33 percent in fiscal 2016.

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

Earlier this year, Tokyo's governor Yuriko Koike said he planned to impose a smoking ban in public places across city ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Since the introduction of the policy no fewer than 30 people out of the total 120 have availed the policy.

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