- Japanese marketing firm Piala is giving non-smoking employees an additional 6 days of paid leave a year!
- Piala decided to ‘offer a benefit’ to non-smokers, who had complained that smoking employees took approx 15 minutes for each cigarette break, and therefore worked less.
- Piala spokesman Hirotaka Matsushima told CNN Money that smoke breaks accounted for 40 minutes of time away from desks.
- Since implementation in September, 4 out of Piala’s 42 smokers have quit.
- One in five adults smoke in Japan, with smoking rooms common in public and office spaces, but this is expected to change by the 2020 Olympics.