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This Japanese company is offering nonsmokers extra vacation days

Japanese company gives six extra paid leaves to non-smokers India is amongst the four countries with maximum cigarettes consumption
Sammy Stanley | 03 November, 2017, 00:52

Additionally, the Japanese government holds a stake in Japan Tobacco, the multinational tobacco giant, which critics say compromises its smoking policy.

There are other ways to incentivize employees to quit smoking, according to The Midwest Business Group on Health.

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.

The higher-ups at the marketing firm agreed, and offered nonsmoking employees a whopping six extra vacation days a year - enough to account for the accumulated smoke breaks.

"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", Matsushima told the publication.

"I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion", Asuka told the Japan Times. "But at the same time, it's true that smoking room conversations are mostly about work ... they exchange ideas and consult each other", he said.

The move was aimed to encourage smokers to quit, but it's also about equality. The figure is higher among males and older generations. But curbing tobacco use in Japan will likely be hard, as it was in the U.S. Original efforts by the country's health ministry to ban indoor smoking in restaurants were scaled back after lobbyists pressured politicians.

Smoking is a big part of Japan's business culture, with office buildings often offering indoor smoking rooms.

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. Especially those countries which are leading amongst the smoking consumption.

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