It appears smoking may cost an individual a lot more than simply the cost to buy.

A new study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, reveals smokers will fare far worse on the job market and will earn substantially less when they are hired too.

In the study, 131 unemployed smokers and 120 unemployed non-smokers were surveyed, both at the beginning of the study, and then again during a 6-month and 12-month check-up.

After a year, just 27% of smokers had found a job – while a healthy 56% of non-smokers had successfully managed to secure roles. Furthermore, among those hired, smokers earned £4 less an hour than their nonsmoking counterparts.

Indeed, even after controlling for variables, the re-employment rate of smokers was still 24% lower than that of non-smokers.

With the notion that smoking has the power to impact employment fresh in the mind, the team at ecigarette retailer sought to conduct their own survey to find out more.cigarette, fag, hands, smoke, hand, coffee cup, tobacco, addiction, unhealthy, smoking, highly addictive, nicotine, lung cancer, smokers corner, outside smoking, coffee break, cigarette break , free photos, free images, royalty free,

800 respondents – including 367 smokers and 433 non-smokers, varying in gender, age and qualification – participated in the survey and an enormous 82% agreed smoking is an obstructive habit, with the ability to stand firmly in the way of success.

64% went on to claim employers do treat employees who smoke differently to those who do not and, when asked, ‘If you are (or were to be) an employer – would you prefer to employ smokers or non-smokers? -’ 43% admitted they would steer clear of employees who choose to light up.

A comment taken from one of the respondents includes:

“Non-smoking candidates are healthier, sharper and more likely to take less time off sick. Plus, they do not require a 15-minute break every few hours.” – Company Director.

It is evident there is divided opinion when it comes to the effects of smoking and the career prospects of those who choose to do it.

However, the facts remain clear; it is the unemployed who hold a higher smoking rate (at 30.10%; compared to the employed smoking rate, at 16.10%.) Reigniting the notion that career ‘success’ may escape you if you continue to light up.

Interestingly, in the survey conducted by Vapourlites, 91% of the non-smoking respondents held managerial or professional posts – such as a recruitment consultant, company director, NHS finance manager and estate agent department head. Conversely, 73% of respondents who currently smoke had jobs deemed to be more routine or manual, such as a baker, waitress, florist and sales assistant.

No doubt proving there to be a strong link between smoking and professional ‘success’ – or what society deems as ‘success.’ But, this is by no means a conclusive statement and certainly isn’t applicable to every case and individual. As a further respondent notes:

“Smoking should bear no consequence on competence.”

Per an article in The Telegraph, a new government plan claims vaping should be allowed in offices and enclosed public spaces, to ‘maximise’ access to safer alternatives to smoking.

It reminds employers that e-cigarette use is not covered by smoke-free legislation, so should not be included in policies which ban smoking.

Charles Bloom, MD of Vapourlites exclusively comments:

“The evidence is increasingly clear that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than smoking tobacco. By allowing workers across the country to vape, safely and with awareness, it may help to alleviate smoking rates – with particular regard to those in routine or manual roles who are clearly struggling with addiction. Individuals should not be penalised for their desire to beat an obstructive habit, which could take effect on both their health and personal achievements. To level the playing field, and to strengthen our support collectively for smoke-free alternatives, is to give every individual in the UK a better chance of success.”


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