There are never too many reasons to stop smoking. Your health and well-being should be your primary concern, but smoking is not just killing you – it’s also killing your time.

One thing non-smokers complain about is the fact that smokers seem to score more breaks. These breaks, however, cost money. And costs have a tendency to add up. The cost of smoke breaks in the form of workplace absenteeism for the US economy alone is estimated to be as high as 278 billion $ annually. And smoking is not just expensive for employers – smokers also earn less than their nicotine-free counterparts.

Mind you, we’re not saying taking breaks is a bad thing. In fact, small breaks are crucial for maintaining productivity and stimulating the brain. But there are easier, healthier and cheaper options than smoking.

The Smoke Break Timer

Start this timer every time you go for a smoke break, pause the timer when you return.

At the end of the day, you’ll know how much time you’ve spent on smoking in total. This helps you reflect on what you could’ve done with that time instead. Could you perhaps have spent five extra minutes on socialising? Could you have used the time for solving a work-related problem?

Alternatively, you can use the free Toggl task timer to measure the impact of smoke breaks over a longer period of time, and compare it to your other activities.

The ideal score is for the timer to rest at zero by the end of the day. We hope you’ll achieve just that.

Time for that resolution

Smoking is a notoriously difficult habit to drop and simply forcing someone to do so probably won’t work. You have to want to quit. Quitting gets easier the more you think about the reasons for doing so. Being informed is key here, be it awareness of the health risks or an understanding of the social impact smoking has. Hopefully this timer will give you one more reason to let the habit go.

The new year is only two weeks away, Christmas is nearer still. If you’re a smoker, quitting is the best gift you can give to yourself and your loved ones.

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