Tokyo company gives extra holidays to nonsmoking employees

Tokyo company gives extra holidays to nonsmoking employees

Tokyo company gives extra holidays to nonsmoking employees

Smoking at work will cost you more than a week of precious vacation time at one Japanese company.

The matter has been taken seriously by the Tokyo-based company, which is reportedly based on the 29th floor of an office block - making any cigarette break last at least 15 minutes, according to staff.

Company spokesperson Hirotaka Matsushima told the Telegraph that the idea came from a company suggestion box.

Piala Inc.'s CEO Takao Asuka resolved the issue, by giving employees who don't smoke the six days holiday to be used throughout the year as a way to compensate for the time, reports Fox 8 Cleveland.

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

About 130,000 people die every year in Japan of smoking-related diseases, and an additional 15,000 die of secondhand smoke-related conditions, Susan Mercado, a World Health Organization official tells The Japan Times.

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Convenience store chain Lawson Inc. introduced an all-day ban on smoking at its head office and all regional offices in June, with an eye toward lowering the ratio of smokers to its entire workforce by around 10 percentage points in fiscal 2018 from 33 percent in fiscal 2016.

The country's smoking laws confine most outdoor smoking to designated areas, and it is banned on the street, but most restaurants and bars still allow it.

In July, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike made plans to impose a smoking ban in public places across the Japanese capital ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

So far, however, the measure taken by Piala Inc. seems to be working.

The organisation, which has approximately 120 employees, launched the benefit to staff in September, and to date it has been taken up by 31 employees.

Japanese marketing firm Piala is rewarding nonsmokers in the best way it knows how: with vacation days.

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