Lab report

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 June, 2013, 10:35am

Firms burn cash on smokers

A new study suggests that US businesses pay almost US$6,000 a year more on an employee who smokes compared to one who has never lighted up. Ohio State University researchers reached this estimate by drawing on past research on the costs of absenteeism, lost productivity, smoke breaks and health care costs. Smoke breaks accounted for the highest cost in lost productivity followed by health care expenses that exceeded the insurance costs for non-smokers. The research has been published online in the journal Tobacco Control.

Cyber soulmates

Couples who meet online have happier and longer marriages, according to new research by the University of Chicago. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences yesterday, the study is based on a representative sample of more than 19,000 people in the United States on their marriages and satisfaction. About 45 per cent met through an online dating site, and these people were more likely to be older, employed and earning a higher income. People who met online reported an average score of 5.64 on marital satisfaction compared to 5.48 per cent satisfaction among those who met offline. About 6 per cent of online match-ups' marriages broke down, compared to 7.6 per cent in the offline group.

Pure Yoga gets centred

Pure Yoga has opened its sixth yoga studio in Hong Kong - a 10,000 sq ft sanctuary at Asia Standard Tower in Central. Joining the usual menu of classes are two new offerings: wall rope yoga and yoga for athletes. There's also a new organic cafe, Nood Food, that serves "super food" smoothies along with a raw food menu with items such as coconut pulp yogurt and live falafel with hemp tabbouleh. That's a plus for a district that is starved of healthy lunch options for the office crowd.