Workers who have to clock off to smoke have discovered the secret on how to quit smoking. Since the policy was introduced virtually all of the smokers have cut down considerably but most have actually quit the filthy habit.
Many Councils across the country have begun a 'clock off to smoke' policy but have been surprised by how many workers have cut down or even stopped smoking.
"We used to have a lot of smokers, some who only smoked during work hours, but now we have hardly any smokers, certainly not during work hours," said a spokesman from a South East Council.
Workers, some who used to be on 20 a day, which was 18 during work and one in the morning and one before bed, have started to quit in vast numbers.
"I was smoking most of the working day. I enjoyed popping outside or sharing my windowless little room with 25 others, all having a chat, a laugh and a smoke. The days seems short and they just flew by. It wasn't like work. It was like being in the pub without beer," said one worker.
This all changed though when 'clock off to smoke' was introduced but no one could have predicted that people would suddenly cut down or quit.
"I used to get in at 8.00am and go home at 4.00pm but once the 'clock off to smoke' came in I was having to come in at 7.00am just to complete my working hours and was not finishing until 1.00am," said one worker breathlessly.
"Gradually, I started to cut down and noticed my days getting shorter. Now I do an honest days work, I don't smell and I'm a lot healthier and richer too. I can now afford that Aston Martin and summer home on the money I've saved."
The policy was brought in to be fair to all workers. Most workers spend a lot of their day talking about last nights TV, going on the internet, on Facebook, writing satire or drinking copious amounts of tea and coffee but not all could benefit from long breaks going for a smoke.
"We surveyed a lot of workers and most said we need to take action against the bone idle, lazy shirkers who do nothing all day but we thought it best to leave senior management as it was and go after the smokers," said a council spokesman.
Simon Forlan, from the lobby group Smokers Smell and Die Young, said the policy was 'a breath of fresh air and everyone should probably quit as it's win win for everyone'.
"As long as workers can still pop out for an obscene amount of time to chew nicotine gum or change a patch, I've no real problem with it. Have you got a spare? I'm gasping."