Japanese Firm Grants 6 Days of Additional Holidays a Year to Non-Smoking Staff

There are a lot of benefits when a smoker stop smoking. You have a healthier lifestyle, you’ll be healthier — and a company in Japan gives additional 6 days of holiday a year to their non-smoking staff after they complained that they have more working hours than the smoker staffs who took time off for cigarette breaks.

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Last September, Markerting firm Piala Inc. based in Tokyo introduced the non-smokers’ perk.

“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, spokesman for the company told The Telegraph.

“Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate,” he added.

This discontentment among non-smokers was taken seriously when the company’s head office on the 29th floor of an office block in Ebisu district of Tokyo. Whoever wants a cigarette break had to go to the basement level, making their smoking break last at least 15 minutes.

The Piala Inc CEO, Takao Asuka told Kyodo News that he hopes to encourage employees to quit smoking through their incentives rather than penalties or coercion.

So far, over 30 of the company’s 120 employees have taken additional days off under the new systems since it was introduced.

On the other hand, Lawson Inc, an operator of 24-hour convenience stores banned smoking in its head office and regional office in September.