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Smokers miss more work

31st October 2012

Smokers miss more work than non-smokers according to results of a study by researchers at the University of Nottingham.

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The study showed smokers had one third more likelihood of being off work than non-smokers and they missed an average of two to three days more days of work annually.

The research, published in the Addiction journal, looked at 29 studies from around the world from 1960-2011 which involved 71,000 public and private sector employees.

Respondents were asked about whether they smoked and the researchers analysed employment and medical records for a two-year period to determine how often they were off work.

Researcher Jo Leonardi-Bee said smokers missed an average of 2.7 days more than their non-smoking colleagues.

The researchers wrote: "Quitting smoking appears to reduce absenteeism and result in substantial cost-savings for employers."  

The UK is estimated to lose around £1.4 billion every year because of workplace absence related to smoking.

 

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