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Japanese company increases vacation time for non-smokers

Japanese company increases vacation time for non-smokers

Marketing firm Piala Inc introduced a new paid leave allowance in September after non-smokers complained that they were working more than their colleagues who smoked.

There are other ways to incentivize employees to quit smoking, according to The Midwest Business Group on Health.

Every smoker at some point in their lives classified themselves as a social smoker or someone who smokes occasionally but slowly they begin transitioning to regular smoking and before they know it they have become addicted to cigarettes. 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. "Without doing anything, (nonsmokers') vacation increases by six days".

"We don't give punishment for smoking", said Piala spokesman Hirotaka Matsushima.

The added time is meant to compensate non-smokers for the 15-minute breaks smokers take throughout the year. The figure is higher among males and older generations.

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The scheme has encouraged four people to give up smoking.

About 1 in 5 adults in Japan smoke, and smoking rooms are commonly found in offices and public establishments.

Japan lags behind other developed nations in terms of smoke-free policies and the social pressure to quit is less intense. But most companies in Japan have banned smoking in the workplace and set up smoking rooms and tobacco use has been falling, in line with the global trend.

The country's smoking laws confine most outdoor smoking to designated areas, and it is banned on the street, but most restaurants and bars still allow it.

Broader antismoking efforts in the country have been met with resistance, despite pressure from worldwide groups like the World Health Organization to make the Tokyo Olympics a smoke-free event.


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