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?



  1. RonsCigar

    June 4, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Is this why Hicks wants to “break” all the time?

  2. brushmonkey

    June 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm

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

    • AndyInCleveland

      June 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

      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

        June 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

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

      • brushmonkey

        June 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

        AndyInCleveland brushmonkey  Ha! I should have said nobody TOOK longer breaks than smokers, and always made it clear that they deserved them having been working so hard.

  3. skumpy

    June 5, 2013 at 12:30 am

    how much do women’s periods cost them?

    • elephant_droid

      June 5, 2013 at 3:38 am

      I think the glass ceiling levels the playing field.

  4. utterdisgrace

    June 5, 2013 at 1:09 am

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

  5. Binary Daoist

    June 5, 2013 at 2:06 am

    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.

  6. The Real Big Ed

    June 5, 2013 at 6:11 am

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

  7. Centaurs are people too

    June 5, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Someone needs to invent a cig holder for hooves

  8. edrooney

    June 5, 2013 at 8:24 am

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

    • peon

      June 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      edrooney you know ron smokes right?

  9. Aria Taint

    June 5, 2013 at 8:38 am
    I recommend the JoyTech 510 T started kit. They also have great juices!!

  10. Saskopite

    June 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

    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?

  11. HIMcDunnough

    June 5, 2013 at 10:31 am

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

  12. galactictraveler

    June 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Get your ash back to work !

  13. MillieHatchett

    June 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

    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.

  14. harlequincy

    June 5, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Time stealers

  15. This1GoesTo11

    June 5, 2013 at 11:42 am

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

  16. harlequincy

    June 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Pepper sucking the “plastic” dick is hilarious on air.

  17. FanBoy1

    June 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    employers or listeners?
    chewing ice for 3rd mic i say.

  18. studfinder

    June 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    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.

    • Clover leaf

      June 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      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.

  19. peon

    June 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

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

  20. Moe Green

    June 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    “Fags Killing US Productivity”