Table 2

 Estimated cost of absenteeism caused by smoking in Taiwan

MalesFemalesTotal
*Source: Taiwan Provincial Tobacco and Liquor Monopoly Bureau.7
†Source: Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Executive Yuan, Republic of China.17
Total employment*561000036790009289000
Smoking prevalence55.1%3.3%
Estimated number of smokers30911101214073212517
Excess hours of absence per smoker8.489.68
Wage per hour†US$6.73US$4.98
Cost of absenceUS$177503877US$5856148US$183360025