Smoke Breaks

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about non-smoker breaks:

A co-worker that is a smoker takes a smoke break every 15 minutes, while non-smokers do not get breaks. When a non-smoker finally gets tired of not getting a break and takes one, the supervisor questions why the employee is taking a break. When the non-smoker points out that some smokers are taking smoke breaks every 15 minutes, while this is the non-smokers first and only break, the supervisor says who cares and demands the non-smoker immediately get back to work. Why is it o.k. for the smoker to get a break every 15 minutes, while the non-smoker is expected to work without any breaks?

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