One in three smokers make excuse to leave office to have a cigarette
A study has found that a third of smokers will make an excuse to leave the office for a cigarette break. The survey, undertaken by The Cooperative Pharmacy, found that since bans on smoking have come into force in workplaces, staff have become inclined to find an excuse to go outside so they can have a smoke.
The results of the study come from interviews of over two thousand workers in the UK across a variety of occupations, including teachers, office workers, construction workers and health professionals. According to the survey, one in three workers said they would volunteer to undertake additional tasks outside of their role if it meant they had an opportunity to have a cigarette break. Common errands include going to the shop to buy milk and taking the post.
Respondents to the survey indicated that the most common reason for wanting to take a cigarette break was ‘stress’, followed very closely by ‘wanting a break’ from work. The study found that a smoker who smokes between 16 and 20 cigarettes a day takes an average of 4 cigarettes breaks during work time, with each break lasting around 6 minutes.
When it comes to choosing the time to take a break, it seems that weather is a key factor. Over half of the respondents of the survey reported that bad weather would put them off or delay them from taking a cigarette break.