According to new research smokers struggle to gain employment compared to non-smokers and those who were employed were paid less than non-smokers.
Researchers surveyed 131 unemployed smokers and 120 unemployed non-smokers in California. Even when factors such as duration of unemployment, race and criminal record were controlled for smokers were still at a disadvantage: after 12 months the re-employment rate of smokers was 24% lower than among the non-smoking group.
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Commenting on the study, Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), said:
“In addition to the health risks, smoking imposes a huge financial burden on people, particularly those who are unemployed or on low incomes. Although it’s too early to draw definite conclusions, this study suggests that smokers may also find it tougher to get work. Quitting smoking is always beneficial and may also increase an individual’s chances of employment as well as improving health and wellbeing.”
If you are a smoker and would like to increase your employment prospects you can get help form the local stop smoking service.