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Tokyo company gives extra vacation days to nonsmoking employees

Tokyo company gives extra vacation days to nonsmoking employees

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

"The danger is that firms shouldn't appear to be punishing employees who smoke, but instead work hard to help them quit", he told The Memo.

A Japanese company is granting its non-smoking staff an additional six days of holiday a year to make up for the time smokers take for cigarette breaks.

"He pointed out substantive daily work hours are different between smokers who leave their desks frequently and nonsmokers", Matsushima wrote in an email.

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The company's office is located on the 29 floor, as per a report from The Telegraph, this means employee take an extra 10-15 minutes to return. Some employers in Canada offer on-site smoking cessation programs or a health incentive to join a sporting activity or gym, says Rob Cunningham, but he doesn't know of a company offering extra vacation for non-smokers. Most companies in Japan have banned smoking in the workplace and have set up separate smoking rooms.

The rift between smokers and non-smokers about the smoking breaks is very normal in every organisation.

"We don't give punishment for smoking", company spokesman Hirotaka Matsushima was quoted by CNN Money as saying.

"I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion", company chief executive Takao Asuka told The Japan Times.

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A higher percent of Japanese adults smoke than Americans.

In Japan, while smoking is allowed in restaurants and bars without any designated smoking area, it is banned on the streets. The World Health Organization lists Japan at the bottom of the list in terms of anti-smoking policies according to the types of spaces that are entirely smoke-free.

That may change as the government tries to crack down on public smoking ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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