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Company will give non-smoking employees 6 extra days off

03 November 2017, 12:52 | Todd Saunders

Non-smokers get six days extra paid leave to make up for smokers' cigarette breaks at Japanese firm

More firms introducing anti-smoking measures

In 2011, 19 percent of American companies imposed financial penalties on employees who smoke, according to The New York Times.

One company in Japan, where smoking is deeply ingrained into culture, made a decision to do something about it.

Those smoke breaks do add up over time, which prompted some companies to get creative with how they compensate the time for non-smoking employees.

Pilia, a marketing firm based in Tokyo, enacted the policy in September after CEO Takao Asuka received complaints from his non-smoking employees that smokers shouldn't be rewarded for their habit with 15-minute breaks.

Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company, said: "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".

We wish that our bosses in India would take inspiration from them and give us a little extra incentive as well.

Overall, smoking is still quite prevalent in Japan, with nearly 20 percent of over-20-year-olds saying they smoke.

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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. Roughly 35% of Pilia employees smoke, the New York Times reports.

More stringent anti-smoking laws - including banning indoor smoking in public places - are due to kick-in ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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.

So far, however, the measure taken by Piala Inc. seems to be working.

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

Japanese marketing firm Piala is rewarding nonsmokers in the best way it knows how: with vacation days.

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