Narrator: This is Science Today. A University of California, Berkeley study looking into the benefits of a smoke-free workplace, found that aside from the obvious health benefits for the employee, there's also direct benefits for the employer. Joel Moskowitz was lead investigator of the study.
Moskowitz: In the long term, employers have a lot to gain as well. One of the things we know about smokers is that they have higher rates of absenteeism due to various illnesses that they're more likely to contract. So their workers are much more productive, which is contrary to I think what some people's thinking - this hassle factor - the smokers have to go outside and may waste more time.
Narrator: The study also found smokers in non-smoking workplaces were more likely to quit than those in environments with no anti-smoking regulations.
Moskowitz: So, you're saving a lot of lives and reducing a lot of disease and disability. Other studies have shown that smokers will smoke fewer cigarettes, too, if they're in workplaces that restrict smoking.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.