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Quit Smoking: Smokers Make Less Money, Have More Trouble Getting Hired

Healthy lungs not enough incentive to quit? How about a healthy bank account?

Smokers don’t just pay through the nose for cigs: They also earn lower salaries and have more trouble getting hired than nonsmokers.

A Stanford study followed 120 out-of-work nonsmokers and 131 smokers as they hunted for jobs. After a year, 56% of nonsmokers had work, but only 27% of smokers did—and those were getting about $5/hour less.


Smokers may spend more on nicotine than on goods/services that could help a job hunt, the study says; and bosses could connect smokers with more sick days and health costs. One thing we’re sure of, though: They’re always outside smoking when you need them.

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