Is there an answer to the question of if an employee that smokes is less productive than a non-smoking employee? 

With the amount of smoking breaks taken throughout a day, it’s hard to think otherwise.  I’ve also heard the other side of the story where the smoker says the non-smokers spend just as much time complaining about the smoker being on break, so they must be even.    

 

Take a look at this graph, you can decide for yourself.

 

Reason for Excess CostCost Per Smoker Per YearSource of Information
Excess Medical Expenditures$2295CDC
Smoking-attributable mortality$206MMWR
Missed Work Days due to Sickness$466JOEM
Smoking Breaks$2574EPIC/MRI
Worker’s Comp$176JOEM
TOTAL EXCESS COST PER SMOKER PER YEAR = $5,717