Non-smokers get extra vacation time at this company

Each smoking break at the Tokyo firm lasted around 15 minutes
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Each smoking break at the Tokyo firm lasted around 15 minutes Credit PA

And, if you happen to work for the Japanese marketing firm Piala Inc, you get a lot more vacation time.

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

Piala is based on the 29 floor of an office block, so smoking employees would spend approximately 10 to 15 minutes travelling to the basement floor in order to have a smoking break, with some employees taking several of these breaks during the working day. "I am no longer shunned by nonsmokers as I have rid myself of the odor of cigarette smoke", said Seto, who has smoked for 30 years.

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.

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According to the World Health Organisation, 21.7 per cent of Japanese adults smoke. "Without doing anything, (nonsmokers') vacation increases by six days". The figure is higher among males and older generations. Smoking remains part of the culture and work environment in Japan, where it is common for companies to provide designated rooms for employees to smoke indoors.

In a country where almost 22% of people smoke- one of the highest rates in the world - Asuka also said the policy should encourage people to quit.

Japan lags behind other developed nations in terms of smoke-free policies and the social pressure to quit is less intense. But most restaurants and bars still allow smoking, at least in some areas. Most companies in Japan have banned smoking in the workplace and have set up separate smoking rooms.

Broader antismoking efforts in the country have been met with resistance, despite pressure from global groups like the World Health Organization to make the Tokyo Olympics a smoke-free event.

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