This Company Offers Nonsmokers 6 Extra Vacation Days To Make Up For Cigarette Breaks

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Have you ever wondered how much time smokers spend on cigarette breaks during work hours? According to a survey done by Halo Cigs, “the average smoker takes roughly six days of smoke breaks every year.” That’s crazy!

And in some industries — like technology, wholesale/retail, and finance/insurance — the amount of “smoke break” time taken over the course a year is more than 20 days! That’s about 40 hours a month, which is essentially a full work week.

Understandably, many nonsmokers think this is entirely unfair. According to the Halo Cigs survey, 81.2% of smokers think smoke breaks are fair, while only 25.2% of nonsmokers think smoke breaks are fair.

Based on surveys like this one, some companies have decided to adjust their policies for paid time off.

One marketing company in Japan, Piala Inc., has decided to start offering its nonsmoking employees an extra six vacation days to make up for smokers’ cigarette breaks.

That might seem unfair to smokers, but the math actually adds up.

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Smokers typically take at least 20 minutes of cigarette breaks at work every day.


In many industries — like education, hospitality, health care, and arts/entertainment — people spend over an hour on smoke breaks.

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Many nonsmokers believe they should be offered extra vacation days to match smokers’ cigarette breaks.

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According to Halo Cigs, more than 80% of nonsmokers believe they should get at least one extra vacation day.

And more than 50% of nonsmokers think they should get three or more extra vacation days.

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Many smokers, on the other hand, don’t think that nonsmokers deserve more vacation time.


Over 38% of smokers surveyed believed that nonsmokers shouldn’t be offered any extra vacation days at all.

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That said, some smokers do believe that their nonsmoking coworkers should be compensated for the time they don’t take for smoke breaks.

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And a company in Japan, Piala Inc., has decided to do something about it — it’s giving nonsmokers six extra vacation days!

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A spokesman for the company told the Telegraph: “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. Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate.”

What would you do with six extra vacation days? Would you actually go on vacation?

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If you’re a smoker, would six extra vacation days persuade you to give up cigarettes for good?

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Halo Cigs asked this question of smokers in the survey, but their answers varied. On average, women said they’d need 11 extra vacation days to quit smoking, while men said they’d need 12.

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People in some jobs would require significantly more vacation days before they would give up smoking. People in legal fields said they’d need 15 extra vacation days, people in retail jobs said they’d need 17 extra vacation days, and people in the education field said they’d need 30 extra vacation days.

It might seem like quick smoke breaks are no big deal, but they definitely add up!