Report out today telling us all how much smoking costs business.
Smokers cost British companies more than £2bn ($3.2bn) last year, according to a study funded by the NHS and published on Friday.
In the first estimate of the direct cost to companies of staff who smoke, the London School of Economics said businesses lost £1.1bn from smoking-related illness absences, £914m from smoking breaks and £133m from fire damage. Indirect costs could be as high as a further £1.1bn.
So, err, half of the two billion comes from the costs of smoking breaks, not from hte costs of smoking.
This is thus showing us the costs of the smoking ban, not the costs of smoking.
Anyone remember what the figure they used for the costs of second hand smoke to business were? Higher or lower than £900 million?