Smokers are 33 percent more likely to miss work than non-smokers and were absent an average of 2.7 extra days a year, research shows.
The report looks at 29 separate studies conducted between 1960 and 2011 in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Japan, covering more than 71,000 public and private sector workers.
“Quitting smoking appears to reduce absenteeism and result in substantial cost savings for employers,” says Jo Leonardi-Bee, a University of Nottingham researcher.
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