According to the London School of Economics smokers cost UK employers a staggering £2.1 billion every year. Every year it costs employers over £3,000 to employ a smoker. People who smoke are more likely to take smoking related sick days and spend on average 100 working hours away from their desk on smoking breaks. 

 The financial implications of employing smokers to a business are numerous. Time spent away from the office outdoors taking frequent smoking breaks soon add up and results in a loss of productivity and subsequently profit.

The money lost to UK businesses every year due to smoking breaks and sick days taken by employees due to smoking related illnesses has reached £2.1 billion. According to a recent study the average smoker spends an hour every day away from their desk taking an outdoor smoking break. It is illegal for employers to allow employees to smoke inside the office or enclosed building.

Smokers must go outside to a designated smoking shelter away from the office building or outdoors where there are no dangers to other people from passive second hand smoking.

If an employee takes four smoking breaks a day each 15 minutes long that adds up to over a year spent away from the office smoking over the course of their professional working life. Could using electronic cigarettes in the office be a solution for businesses?      


Electronic cigarettes could potentially cut out the need for outdoor smoking breaks during the working week. A reduction in smoking breaks and time spent away from the workplace would have a hugely beneficial effect on businesses not just financially but also in terms of increased productivity and office moral between smokers and non-smokers.

Non-smokers may resent the smoking breaks taken by employees who smoke throughout the day and view them as extra breaks which as a non-smoker they do not take. Gamucci is actively working with many of the country’s major companies to offer their products at a discounted rate as part of their company benefit packages. Please contact for details.

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