Swiss school eyes longer holidays for non-smoking staff

Swiss school eyes longer holidays for non-smoking staff
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Staff at a school in the canton of Basel Country who provide a positive role model by not smoking should receive an extra week's holiday, one member of staff has suggested.

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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