By Grace Vasquez
Never smoked one cigarette in my life but have lived around smokers my entire life. Saying that, I have a few coworkers here who take that break for a quick cigarette. I never stopped to think of how that time probably does add up. So no surprise that now many non-smokers are feeling cheated by smokers.
How so? Well, it’s because of all the breaks they get so they can feed this habit. In fact, a new survey finds that 42% of non-smoking workers think they should get between three and five extra vacation days a year to make up for the difference, and 28% of smokers actually think that sounds accurate.
While that may seem a bit extreme to you, it does make sense when you consider that the amount of time an average cigarette smoker uses for breaks translates to about six working days a year. And it could be even more depending on what industry they’re in, with folks in tech, retail, finance and insurance taking 20 days per year in cigarette breaks. As for whether taking smoke breaks is fair, 81% smokers say it is, while only 25% of non-smokers agree.
Not sure if this is will go anywhere but now that I think of it, hmm. I think I may ask for vacation time! Puff away co-worker I’ll be in the Bahamas baby! ~grace