When we think of traditional smoking, we often are concerned with health, the fact that smoking can cause cancer as well as damaging effects of second hand smoke. Have you ever thought about how much cigarettes actually cost companies? It is a staggering amount that possibly may surprise you.
What are some of the costs that a company may endure due to traditional analogue cigarette smokers? An extensive study was conducted by Ohio State that provides a lot of valuable evidence and information. The study researched absenteeism, loss of productivity, smoke breaks and health care costs. They concluded that a smoker cost an employer approximately 6,000 more per year than a non- smoker.
Studies have proven that smokers are absent generally 8 more times a year than a non- smoker. This causes the company to have to spend time finding a replacement for that day or do the work themselves.
Not only is absenteeism a big issue but the loss of productivity is high. Most smokers are addicted to the nicotine and their body craves it after a certain period of time. The smoker will be focused on needing a smoke break as opposed to working. How many of these breaks do they take per day? Is it fair that non-smokers don’t get the same amount of breaks? The next highest expense for companies is that the health care expenses on insurance far exceed health care costs for non-smokers.
The CDC says that smoking accounts for 1 in every 5 deaths in America. There are 443,000 deaths in the US each year that are related to someone losing their life due to smoking. So, not only is this person’s life lost but the company could lose a very valuable employee due to a devastating habit.
If you are a smoker, have you considered an alternative such as vaping? At Eversmoke, we pride ourselves on high quality electronic cigarettes.
It is not against the law for a company to not hire you due to the fact that you are a traditional smoker or to fire you if you lie on an application that you are not a smoker but truly are. Consider the alternative in an e-cig and be on the safe side…
For more information on electronic cigarettes and how Eversmoke can introduce you to the vaping community, check out a great article entitled “What you can expect when transitioning to electronic cigarettes” in our knowledge center.
Don’t you want to be the employee that can say you are not a traditional smoker?