Surgeon General's WarningMikey 9 comments
Under new legislation which will likely be passed soon, workers could face disciplinary action if they smoke during business hours except for when on their own lunch breaks. Continued offences could even result in losing your job.
The new law will be welcomed by business owners who perhaps unknowingly can already enforce a no smoke break policy into their work place but curiously do not enforce one.
This author in particular sees it as a positive change, and hopes the ban will also extend to areas such as shopping centre entrances and parks although there is currently nothing on the table with regards to these locations.
I for one hate the fact I can't walk in or out of a shopping centre bombarded without being bombarded by the stench of passive cigarette smoke. These inconsiderate morons should have the common decency to not smoke in public thoroughfares; especially when parents have children and babies with them.
I have 2 daughters, one 2.75 years and the other 9 months who have been exposed to second hand smoke in places you would not expect - like the aforementioned shopping centre and at the local park. Yes hard to believe, but on the weekend we had to move away from another inconsiderate moron who though it was fine to be smoking in the playground among the children while they played.
I don't hate all smokers and I do know some considerate ones. These are the ones who go to great lengths to conceal the fact they smoke, but dropping a breath mint right after afterwards or by going somewhere where they will not disturb others. Or by staying back after work to make up for the time they smoked away during the day.
But I digress; the new law is not about making things nicer for non smokers, although this can be considered a side benefit and also makes for a fairer work environment when all employees are actually working the same amount of hours.
The real agenda is of course to tackle the amount of lost productivity caused my smokers who take several breaks per day. On average, each individual smoker accounts for close to 5 days worth of smoke time per year, based on 6 breaks per day of 5 minutes each. Average this out over 10 employees and the employer has lost 50 days worth of lost productivity per year to a tar infested black hole.
There will no doubt be backlash from the smokers who are currently used to only doing 87.5% of a real days work. But when you examine it carefully there are far more positives than negatives.It's for everyone's good.