Smokers waste a year of work on ciggie breaks

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London, Feb 28 : An average smoker wastes almost a year having fag breaks at work, a poll has revealed.

Three 15-minute smoking breaks a day cost employers 195 working hours a year for each worker.

That's a remarkable 8,677 hours in the average 44-year working lifetime - or nearly a whole year smoking instead of working.

Even the smoking ban has not helped to reduce the number of employees smoking, with 69 per cent continuing to light up - but now traveling further from their desks to find a place to do so.

"The results will be annoying for employers - who are essentially paying people to puff away," The Sun quoted John Sewell, from, as saying.

"And it will also irritate nonsmokers, who wouldn't get away with taking three 15-minute coffee breaks every day," he added.

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