It's a common complaint among employees all over the world: how come smokers get more breaks than those who don't smoke? Just because some people choose to smoke doesn't mean they should get 15 minute breaks every hour, especially since non-smokers are not allowed to take those same breaks.
One non-smoking employee at Piala Inc. marketing firm in Japan, decided enough was enough, and sent in a complaint to his manager. He claimed that productivity went down whenever smoke breaks were taken, since so many people were out of the office.
"One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems," Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesperson for the company said.
In Japan, smoking is extremely ingrained in the culture, with over 20% of citizens smoking. Compared to the United States of America's rate of 15%. Piala Inc. decided to do something about the problem in their work place, with the hopes of changing the overall culture, as well.