Smoking costs British employers up to £2.1bn a year, according to a new study.
The report, called the Bottom Line, by the London School of Economics estimated that smoking related illnesses cost £1.1bn, smoking breaks cost £914bn and smoking-related fire damage costs £133m.
Employers have been urged to ask for free NHS support in the workplace, which can provide one-to-one group sessions with trained stop smoking advisors.
Drew Collins, an NHS stop smoking advisor, said: ‘Smoking is bad for your health and bad for business. If employers want to save money and look after their workers’ health, they should get in touch with their local NHS Stop Smoking Service. We can come into workplaces and help people to stop smoking at no extra cost.’