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Smokers found to take more sick days

Posted by Triona Cahalane on Tue, Nov 20, 2012

Workforce Management

According to a recent British study in the journal Addiction, Smokers miss an average of two or three more days of work each year than non-smokers. This study was conducted in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the US and Japan, covering more than 71,000 public & private workers between 1960 and 2011.

One finding of the report has highlighted that current smokers were 33% more likely to miss work than non-smokers and they were absent an average of 2.7 extra days per year.

Current smokers are still 19% more likely to miss work than ex-smokers. "Quitting smoking appears to reduce absenteeism and result in substantial cost savings for employers," wrote Leonardi-Bee of the University Of Nottingham, UK

Smoking-related absenteeism, productivity lost to smoking breaks and cost of cigarette-related fire damage are all negative aspects of smoking in the workplace. 

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Topics: Absenteeism