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Japanese company gives non-smokers extra six days vacation

Japanese company gives non-smokers extra six days vacation”

Apparently, smokers unlike nonsmokers, besides the fact they benefit from a regular lunch break just like the rest of their colleagues, they also go out for "cigarette breaks", writes The Telegraph.

The complaints filed by non-smokers multiplied because the company's offices are located on the 29th floor of a skyscraper from Tokyo.

Kyodo News also reported that Piala Inc.'s non-smokers' perk is among the rising number of initiatives being taken by Japanese companies "to protect employees from the health hazard of smoking at a time when the central and local governments are studying measures to curb the public's exposure to secondhand smoke".

While only 30 members of the company's 120 employees have taken advantage of the extra days off since they were introduced, four members of staff has quite smoking as a result.

The company determined that the smokers' cigarette breaks lasted an average of 15 minutes each time, and worked out that six days' extra holiday a year for non-smokers was fair. The decision has been taken to make up for the cigarette breaks taken by the smokers in the company.

In addition to restoring equilibrium among the company's non-smokers, the company's CEO, Takao Asuka, hopes that the introduction of paid leave will act as an incentive for smoking staff to quit.

A 2016 survey found that a total of 19.8% of Japanese adults smoke.

"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", Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for Tokyo-based marketing firm Piala Inc.

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