Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Smokers 'take more sick leave'

  • Comment
Smokers take an average of eight more sick days every year than non-smokers, finds Swedish research.

Smokers take an average of eight more sick days every year than non-smokers, finds Swedish research.

A study of 14,000 Finnish workers over a period of three years showed that the average annual sick leave quota was 25 days. But regular smokers, who made up 29% of the employees, took the most time off as sick leave.

They took 11 extra days, which fell to eight after adjusting for other factors, such as underlying health, social and financial circumstances, and employment in 'riskier' jobs.

There were no sex differences among smokers in the amount of time taken as sick leave.

The authors admit that Sweden has some of the highest rates of sick leave in Europe, but their findings nevertheless indicate that smoking affects productivity.

Tobacco Control (2007) 16: 114-8

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.