The amount of time smokers get off work just with cigarette breaks revealed – it’s more than you think

According to a survey, SMOKERS gain an extra week of vacation every year by taking cigarette breaks.

More than half leave their desk several times a day to smoke or vape a cigarette.

The time they spend slacking off means they get an extra week off every year


The time they spend slacking off means they get an extra week off every yearPhoto credit: Getty

Some take up to 20 minutes, but usually it’s up to 10.

Even at the cheaper tariff, that’s 50 minutes a week or almost 40 hours a year – that’s at least one week more vacation.

Despite government and NHS campaigns, 6.6 million people in the UK are smokers.

And while they put their health at risk, they may also be less productive at work, the survey warns.

The biggest slackers are Gen Z workers—those born after the mid-1990s—followed by older Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964.

Millennials — those born in the 1980s and early 1990s — took the fewest cigarette breaks.

According to the survey by nicotine pouches and vape brand Haypp UK, the cities with the worst smoking breaks were Belfast and Southampton.

The least likely to leave the office to make a move were those who lived in Edinburgh and Norwich.

Haypp’s Markus Lindblad said: “Smoking laws have changed a lot and companies have different rules when it comes to allowing smoking to do the work, with some being stricter than others.

“But a large proportion of smokers still take more time to enjoy a cigarette from work, some wasting 20 minutes or more a day.”

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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