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Non-smokers could get extra holiday

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A local politician in Sweden has proposed that non-smokers should be rewarded with extra holiday.

Marie-Louise Ekholm, a member of the Moderate party and local councillor in Nässjö in southern Sweden, wants non-smoking council employees to be rewarded, reports Dagens Nyheter.

Ekholm, who is a doctor by profession, argues that a healthier life is insufficient reward for stubbing out the cigarettes for good and has submitted a formal proposal to the local council.

Non-smokers get sick less, take fewer breaks and are less of a burden on society it is argued and should therefore get an extra day's holiday.

Marie-Louise Ekholm has previously courted controversy by claiming that Swedish society's 'loose' sexual attitudes have led to a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases among young people.

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