Smoking and Occupational Health

November 14, 2017

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Discover How Smoking Can Impact Your Work Place Productivity

We have all seen it before, the person who seems to get more breaks than everyone else just because they smoke. It seems as though they are being rewarded for having a bad habit, and everyone else is being punished for not having that habit. But, who is really missing out?

According to the CDC, almost 20 percent of the adult workforce smokes, which threatens employee health and well-being, decreases productivity, increases absenteeism, and increases workplace maintenance costs. The average person takes 4 smoke breaks during the work day, each being about 10 minutes each. This adds up to 40 minutes a day, 200 minutes a week, and 136 hours a year of lost and potentially productive time.

If you put these numbers in a dollar perspective, employees that take smoke breaks cost the U.S. economy about $278 billion each year in lost productivity, sick days and extra healthcare costs. In addition to this, smokers also make an average of 20% less than their non-smoking counter parts. However, if a person has quit and been smoke free for over a year, they could potentially earn up to 7% more than their non-smoking counter parts.

Smoking can cause more harm than you think, and not just to your physical health. Smoking can and will affect all aspects of your life, whether you notice it or not. 

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