GOOD IDEA OR BAD IDEA: Non-smokers get extra days off?

Ok, I'm fully prepared for some of y'all to fight about this one.  

A new study found that when people who smoke take smoke breaks, it adds up to about six total work days per year (Really??!). Obviously, people who don't smoke don't take those breaks. 

So a new survey asked people if non-smokers should get extra vacation days to make things fair.  And believe it or not, the overwhelming answer from both non-smokers AND smokers is . . . YES.  

80% of non-smokers say they should get at least an extra day or two off . . . and 14% think they should get a full extra week off.  

And 62% of smokers think their coworkers who don't smoke should get at least an extra day or two off . . . with 16% of them saying it should be a full extra week. 

As a non-smoker myself, I'd be perfectly fine with getting an extra few days off. Who knows, this might even encourage smokers to try to quit if it meant getting paid time off! 

I've heard a few people say that a policy like this would be discriminatory...but smoking is a choice. It's not like a race or a gender that you have no control could always choose to quit, and then you'd qualify for the time off too, right? Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts! 


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