How Much Do Smokers Cost their Employers?


smokerIt costs an employer $5800 bucks a year to keep a smoker on board. That cash isn’t from health costs either, it’s mostly due to lost time from smoke breaks taken. This all sounds like anti-smoking propaganda to be honest. Who doesn’t want a happy worker filled with nicotine?

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26 comments
Moe Green
Moe Green

"Fags Killing US Productivity"

peon
peon

I'm really glad the npr writer took a break from facebook/twitter/farmville long enough to write this sensationalized rubbish.

studfinder
studfinder

If a smoker is taking more breaks then is allowed by law then that employments fault and they should be fired. In NYS smokers and non smokers get the same about of breaks in a work day. So that means that non smokers are costing their employers the same amount of money. 


FanBoy1
FanBoy1

employers or listeners?

chewing ice for 3rd mic i say.

harlequincy
harlequincy

Pepper sucking the "plastic" dick is hilarious on air.

PepperHicksSuckADick
PepperHicksSuckADick

the only thing more distractingthen ron and pepper sucking on those electronic cigarettes would be fez sucking on a cock

MillieHatchett
MillieHatchett

Employers are costing THEMSELVES money - let us smoke in the office and I will only leave my desk for lunch. They shouldn't be blaming smokers...we smoked BEFORE they made rules against smoking in public. 

HIMcDunnough
HIMcDunnough

how much time is lost by people bullshitting on radio show prep sites instead of working?

Saskopite
Saskopite

I've often wondered about how Hicks works his smoking into the show. He clearly doesn't go four full hours without one. And I was under the impression that the studio was a fair number of floors up. Is there a balcony on each floor for the smokers? Or, as I prefer to imagine, at each break does Peppy go galloping down the hallway, swearing at and barging people out of the way?

edrooney
edrooney

Smoking is generally for poor fat people nowadays. It's for the gross and unintelligent.

The Real Big Ed
The Real Big Ed

I know a lot of guys who take work breaks between smokes.

Binary Daoist
Binary Daoist

This is def an issue in the ER; with nurses taking up "smoking", so they can take the same frequency of breaks as the other smokers.

utterdisgrace
utterdisgrace

How much money does a smoker save by dying early and not requiring years of healthcare?

skumpy
skumpy

how much do women's periods cost them?

brushmonkey
brushmonkey

I worked in commercial kitchens for a long time and nobody got more breaks than smokers.

RonsCigar
RonsCigar

Is this why Hicks wants to "break" all the time?

Clover leaf
Clover leaf

Just because the law says they are equal doesnt mean they are. The only reason i started smoking as a kid was because the only people who got breaks were the smokers. Tell your boss you need five minutes to rest in the back and he thinks your lazy and tells you to suck it up. Tell him you need a ciggarette and he probably come join you.

AndyInCleveland
AndyInCleveland

@brushmonkey TRUER WORDS NEVER SPOKEN!!!!! If you don't smoke and you DARE to take as much time "off the floor" as the smokers do, you are labeled "lazy,"or "bad work ethic," and gods forbid that you cite their frequent breaks as the reason, because then you're just "causing trouble!" Frankly? Propaganda? No, I'm pretty sure that $5800 is a conservative number.

AndyInCleveland
AndyInCleveland

@brushmonkey For instance:  did they factor in time for healthcare costs for chemo treatments, and paid leave for funerals etc etc etc....