“Are cigarette breaks unfair?” Surfvote poll results
A “tobacco break” is when smokers go to a smoking area during work hours to smoke. The most common answer was “totally oppose cigarette breaks” at 40%, followed by “totally support cigarette breaks and leave things as they are” at 21.5%.
Polimill Co., Ltd. (Polimill, Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Eri Yokota, hereinafter referred to as Polimill), an ICT startup that supports the discovery and resolution of social issues using SNS and technology, has launched Surfvote, a social design platform operated and developed by our company. From June 27, 2023 to August 31, 2023, we conducted a poll on the issue “Are cigarette breaks unfair?” We would like to inform you of the results.
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Issue: Are cigarette breaks unfair?
Background of the issue: According to information from the National Cancer Center in 2019, 27.1% of men smoke, 7.6% of women smoke, and a total of 16.7% of men and women smoke. The number of smokers is decreasing year by year. Non-smokers say that the work they did while they were on their cigarette break has to be borne by the person staying there, that they are concerned about the smell of cigarettes when they come back from their cigarette break, and that they don’t want to take a break in the first place. Various voices are being raised, such as that time is no longer equal.
Research subject: Social design platform Surfvote (web service) https://surfvote.com/issues/1yxjlct5wm9k
Survey method: Users with accounts on Surfvote vote
Survey target: Users with accounts on Surfvote
Voting period: June 27, 2023 to August 31, 2023
Number of valid votes: 65 votes
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Introduction of comments for each option (some excerpts, options without comments are not published, original text)
I fully support the cigarette break and I’m fine with the status quo. I feel like if I tell them that they can’t take cigarette breaks, that they can’t take bathroom breaks, or that they can’t have small talk, I feel like I’m not getting anywhere. I think it would be a good idea to take a cigarette break so it’s not too long. (22 votes)
I fully support smoking breaks, but consideration needs to be given to non-smokers.
It’s a real problem, but if you stare at your computer for a long time while working at a desk, your eyes and posture may become distorted, and your concentration may become distracted. If the work involves physical exertion, there is a risk of heat stroke. Therefore, if smoking breaks are already a habit, I thought it would be a good idea to expand on that and have set breaks, such as 10 minutes every two hours. (Number of agreeers: 14)
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Totally against smoking breaks
You are free to use your break time however you like, so I would like you to smoke a cigarette during it. I think taking a bathroom break is a physiological phenomenon, so it can’t be helped, but smoking is a personal preference, so it’s hard to accept that people use their working hours to do so. It may be a matter of degree depending on each person’s sense of values, but I wouldn’t consider completely restricting conversations between individuals, but would it be acceptable to play non-work related cell phone games during work? I think the same is true for tobacco. (15 votes)
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I am completely against smoking breaks, but they can be tolerated if consideration is given to non-smokers.
I’m not totally against smoking, but I would like people to try to smoke during breaks unless it’s absolutely necessary. (26 votes) What is Surfvote?
The SNS “Surfvote” provided by our company is a service that raises various issues in society and allows anyone to easily vote their opinion on them. At Surfvote, you can vote for your opinion from multiple options for each theme (issue) called “issue”. You can also view and rate (like) other users’ comments. Issues are published with the help of not only our editorial department, but also university professors and experts in various fields. Voting results are submitted and reported to relevant ministries and agencies and politicians as appropriate, depending on the content of the issue.
Polimill Co., Ltd.
Polimill Co., Ltd. is an ICT startup company that operates and develops the social design platform Surfvote. Surfvote is a service that specializes in social issues and problems, allowing users to not only vote their own opinions on any topic, but also listen to the opinions of other users. The local government version of Surfvote is also being expanded and will work with local governments to encourage residents to create livable cities. Using SNS and technology, we will create a society in which everyone can participate in rule-making and can flexibly and speedily reform systems in line with changes in values and advances in technology. https://polimill.jp
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