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Smoke Breaks

Smokers spend an average of 25 minutes a day outside work smoking

And their non-smoking counterparts don’t like it…

OVER 80 PER cent of non-smokers feel that they work harder than colleagues who smoke.

New research from an Irish staff-management company shows that the average smoker will spend about five per cent of their time, or 25 minutes a day, outside smoking.

The survey, carried out across 120 Irish businesses, also found that 81 per cent of non-smokers believe they work harder than their smoking colleagues.

This is not a belief held across the board, however, with just 23 per cent of managers holding the same sentiment.

Linda O’Reilly of Elephant Smart Business, who carried out the research, said that some companies were going to big lengths to stop their staff smoking.

“After one customer implemented our system, he discovered that smokers within his staff base, spent over 5 per cent of their time smoking. He then offered to pay for smoking patches if they would give up.”

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