As of Monday, June 4, 2012
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You spend approximately 7-10 minutes smoking per cigarette. Let's say that light smokers smoke 7-10 per day; heavy smokers 10-15 per day or more.
Now that's an average of 49-70 minutes a day on the light end and 70-150 minutes on the heavy end. Now, let's just say that half of that is spent smoking at work. So, that would be 24.5-35 minutes for light smokers and 35-75 minutes for heavy smokers.
Let's see how much the company is paying you to "break" for smoking. Light smokers, considering you worked 49 out of the 52 weeks in the year and you are paid just over minimum wage, I'm using $8/hour and half of the maximum (35 minutes), working five days a week. You get paid $1,144 a year! Heavy smokers, considering you worked 49 out of the 52 weeks in the year and you are paid just over minimum wage, working five days a week, I'm using $8 again and half of the maximum (75 minutes), you get paid $2,508 a year to smoke!
Now let's do some more math! Considering cigarettes cost $5 a pack and you smoke on the company dime, not only do you get paid for smoking, you also get enough to pay for all 98 packs you bought (that's on the light end). Now I'm so disgusted I don't even want to know what the heavy end entails. Yes I used to smoke ... but I quit, and so can you.
Given this information, it would be silly for a smoker to complain about somebody getting something for nothing.