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[UK] Companies count cost of smoking

SMOKERS are costing the UK economy £1.4 billion by taking an average of two or three days more sick leave per year than their non-smoking colleagues, a new study by the University of Nottingham has revealed.
This is Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post) (uk)
added Nov 1, 2012 18:02

[Texas] Hospitals turn away applicants who smoke

Methodist Hospital System in Houston this month announcedit will implement a tobacco-free hiring policy on Jan. 1, joining the Texas Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, which have had similar policies since last year and 2010, respecti
Houston (TX) Chronicle
added Nov 1, 2012 14:23

[UK] Smoking and absence from work: Systematic review and meta-analysis of occupational studies

Conclusions Quitting smoking appears to reduce absenteeism and result in substantial cost-savings for employers.
added Oct 31, 2012 18:12

Smokers miss work more often, cost UK billions

Smokers miss an average of two or three more days of work each year than non-smokers, according to a new analysis of 29 past studies. Based on that finding, absenteeism due to smoking cost the UK alone 1.4 billion pounds - or $2.25 billion - last year,
added Oct 31, 2012 18:09

[Wisconsin] Worksite wellness column: Smoking bans are an effective tool for the workplace

Join us in networking with other local businesses and organizations interested in worksite wellness at the next Central Wisconsin Worksite Wellness Network on Dec. 4 at Worzalla Publishing in Stevens Point.
Wausau (WI) Daily Herald
added Oct 29, 2012 12:42

[Australia] Union agrees to staff working with puffing punters

THE union representing hospitality workers, United Voice, has dropped its opposition to smoking by high rollers in VIP gaming rooms in a deal struck over James Packer's proposed $1 billion hotel and casino at Barangaroo.
Sydney Morning Herald (au)
added Oct 26, 2012 12:45

[UK] Sex, naked shopping, cigarette breaks and gym sessions: What we're REALLY doing when we 'work from home'

The findings of a poll conducted by electronic cigarette retailer also revealed that . . . for 15 per cent the best perk was being able to smoke in the 'office', with many saying they engineered days away from the workplace just f
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Oct 25, 2012 06:39

[Japan] Osaka teachers who left campus to smoke must return wages

High school teachers who sneaked away from school grounds to smoke will be ordered to return part of their wages to the Osaka prefectural government for working hours lost. Prefectural education board officials said five teachers and two other employees
Asahi Shimbum (jp)
added Oct 23, 2012 17:29

Japan Teachers Fined for Sneaky Smoking

Five teachers in Japan who sneaked off school grounds for a crafty cigarette in between lessons have been hit with hefty fines, officials said Tuesday. Education board bosses docked up to 500,000 yen ($6,300) from each of the five after they were caught
AFP - Agence France Presse (fr)
added Oct 23, 2012 17:21

[UK] Most Brits Think Smokers Should Have Their Wages Cut

Of the 3,546 Brits asked by consumer website Watch My Wallet, 58% said they smokers who took breaks to indulge their nicotine habit should have the time docked from their pay packets
Huffington Post (blog)
added Oct 23, 2012 07:22
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