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Non-smokers get extra vacation time at this company

Non-smokers get extra vacation time at this company

As reported by The Telegraph, the non-smoking staff complained that since smokers took 15-minute smoke breaks as they had to go to the basement to smoke, they were working more as a result and this is when the company made a decision to give those employees the extended break. The plan has only been in place since September but company officials said more than 30 of the company's 120 employees have taken additional days off under the plan.

"One of our nonsmoking 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 the company, told The Telegraph. "Without doing anything, (nonsmokers') vacation increases by six days". "Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving nonsmokers some extra time off to compensate".

"I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion", Asuka said.

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.

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Unlike many western countries, smoking is permitted in certain sections of restaurants.

The move was aimed to encourage smokers to quit, but it's also about equality.

Japan lags behind other developed nations in terms of smoke-free policies and the social pressure to quit is less intense.

The same study found that there's a growing trend where employers will ban smoking in the workplace, and they will even reject potential employees who smoke.

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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