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This firm gives non-smokers six days of extra paid holidays

This firm gives non-smokers six days of extra paid holidays

After hearing about the complaint, the company's CEO, Takao Asuka, made a decision to give nonsmoking employees time off to compensate.

Employees used to think it was unfair that smokers "spend about 15 minutes each for a cigarette break", he told CNNMoney. But Piala's smoking room is in the basement, which caused smoking employees to leave the 29th-floor office for breaks multiple times a day.

The company says the idea came from an employee who complained that colleagues who smoked often worked less because of the cigarette breaks they took throughout the day.

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 chose to give those employees the extended break.

The initiative has apparently led 4 of the 42 smokers in the company to quit smoking.

It's notable that it's a Japanese company leading the way: around 35% of Pilia employees smoke, as does almost 22% of the country's population - one of the highest rates in the world.

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The corporate planning director for Piala, Hirotaka Matsushima, said Thursday that the company began offering the six days of extra vacation to all of its 120 staff members in September.

In Japan, while smoking is allowed in restaurants and bars without any designated smoking area, it is banned on the streets.

In Japan, about 1 to 5 adults smoke.

But at Piala, which has its headquarters in a Tokyo high-rise, about 35 per cent of employees smoke, and the cigarette breaks have become disruptive.

As you can see in the photo below, public spaces in Japan are eerily reminiscent of what USA customers might have encountered before statewide bans took off in the mid-1990s. The figure is expected to change as the government has been putting effort to impose tougher anti-smoking laws ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


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