Swiss school eyes longer holidays for non-smoking staff
The Local · 3 May 2016, 13:05
Published: 03 May 2016 13:05 GMT+02:00
Positive examples are critical when it comes to getting teenagers interested in health issues, the head of social pedagogy department at the Schillingsrain Schulheim said in a submission to management.
The idea of offering non-smoking staff an extra five days’ holiday a year would reward non-smokers while giving tobacco-addicted staff an incentive to kick habit, the education expert said.
Management at the school which places a strong emphasis on healthy and sustainable living will look at proposal after the summer holidays, regional daily the Basler Zeitung reported.
Smokers who take four cigarette breaks a day can be away from their desks for an extra half an hour daily, the paper said. However, non-smokers also find plenty of ways to distract themselves including taking extra trips to the coffee machine or checking Facebook.
A union contacted by the Basler Zeitung said they had been contacted by companies looking at such a scheme and that firms set their own rules when it came to smoking breaks.
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