21 Sep '11, 7pm

Do you think helping people quit smoking would raise productivity levels?

The connection between productivity and cigarettes may not be obvious. But considering that an average male smoker here puffs around 13 sticks a day, and the time it takes for a smoke break, one might get the drift. The impact is magnified by the number of smokers - about 700,000 - in Singapore. Furthermore, since smokers tend to smoke with peers, the productivity impact takes place at a group level. The social cost of smoking, which includes medical cost and lost income, was estimated to be between $673 million and $839 million in 1997. The direct impact of smoking on productivity has not been quantified, but the habit is a drag on the Government's goals of an annual productivity growth of two to three percent and a 30-percent rise in income in a decade. Much has been said about increasing productivity by improving workers' skills. Given that 14 percent of the population ...

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