Originally Posted by macgyver_GA
Because smokers typically take a whole lot more "breaks" than a normal non-smoker does. I see it all the time at the office I work in. The smokers leave to take a smoke break about once every couple hours. Even if it's unpaid, it's still a loss of productivity because they have to stop what they're doing to go smoke.
Years ago, I worked for a well-known company of 40,000 employees and used to take breaks every time my group's smokers took their multiple, daily smoke breaks. I received a warning for doing so, which thoroughly amused me as the smoke time was neither accounted for, nor made up. My role with the company was web development, and I had built the company's internal time-reporting web site, and on my last day, I added in time codes for smoke breaks that equated to vacation time. I wish I would have kept the frantic voice mails and emails I received when people started noticing...