Business

Smoke breaks cost firms four hours every week

WORKERS who duck out of the office for quick puffs of nicotine throughout the day end up working four hours less a week than their non-smoking colleagues.

There are about 5500 smokers in Warwick, University of Adelaide figures show, and a study says an average smoker spends 45 minutes away from their work every day on smoking breaks.

Australian researcher Ken Pidd said allowing smokers to take breaks and not allowing non-smokers created animosity between the two groups.

"It does come to the issue where smokers are becoming a minority … and they're getting benefits non- smokers aren't," he said.

Queensland health figures show about 17% of the Darling Downs health area population, which includes Warwick, smoke on a daily basis.

The survey from UK company Voucher Codes Pro said the average employed smoker took smoking breaks that added up to 45 minutes a day and 22 working days in a year.

Dr Pidd, who is deputy director of Australia's National Research Centre on Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce Development, said some industries were worse than others when it came to smoking on the job.

His research revealed some major problems in the hospitality industry, where becoming a smoker was the only way to get a break.

 

Dr Pidd said it was common for smokers to be allowed breaks but if a non-smoker took a break, they would be told to get back to work.

But Dr Pidd, who used to be a smoker, said new rules being introduced in most workplaces made it harder for people to smoke at work.

Some workplaces have been known to ban smoking breaks altogether while others require workers to move away from company buildings because of the public image concerns.

"There has been a huge shift in attitudes towards it and the culture of it," Dr Pidd said.

"I think as the workforce is ageing, the older people are getting towards the end of their working career and it's easier to bring in those (non-smoking rules) because people are growing up with a no-smoking attitude."

- APN Newsdesk

SMOKING facts

  • 5500 smokers in Warwick
  • 17% of people in the Darling Downs smok
  • Smokers work four hours fewer a week than non-smokers
  • This equates to 22 working days a year
  • Queensland Health offers program to help workplaces reduce smoking

Visit workplaces. healthier.qld.gov.au

Topics:  productivity queensland health smoking



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Community cervix announcement: New test will save lives

The new cervical screening test will be available for all Australian women aged 25 to 74 in late 2017.

CANCER Council Queensland has backed new cervical cancer screening.

Warwick student given 'herb grinder' as reward

Don't go jumping to conclusions.

A joint decision was made to confiscate the 'cool toy'.

Tony Abbott: Coalition in danger of becoming ‘Labor lite’

If only six members had changed their vote we would still have Tony Abbott as PM.

Abbott says he is disappointed and disillusioned with the government

Local Partners

Killarney tips record turnout for show

Utes, livestock, Lego and sunshine are tipped to attract a record crowd at the Killarney Show.


REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Collegians to kick off footy season next week

Collegians coaches (from left) Deb Scanlan, Garth Miller, Ben Brownlie, Matt Collins (U9 assistant), David Hallman, Kerry Scanlan, Josh Williams, Bob Bell, Craig Frattini and Scott Morton.

Plenty of experience in Collegians coaching ranks

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

GET a sneak peek at Green Day's American Idiot The Musical as we go behind the scenes to meet the stars at a QPAC rehearsal.

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Ipswich facing housing shortage: Property expert

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!