I was JUST talking about this with a friend of mine last week, and now here it is in the news.

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A company in Japan put their heads together and implemented a new policy at their company that makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Piala Inc. decided to give non-smoking workers at the company 6 extra vacation days a year to compensate for the puffing done by their co-workers who like to light up.

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“One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems,” Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company, told The Telegraph. “Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving nonsmokers some extra time off to compensate.”

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The company is located on the 29th floor of a building in Tokyo, so you know those smoke breaks are taking quite a bit of time and cutting into productivity.

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“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion,” Piala Inc CEO Takao Asuka said. 18.2 percent of Japanese adults smoke (the figure is higher among males and older generations), according to the World Health Organization.

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What do you think? 6 days off is a pretty solid carrot…

h/t: Bored Panda