Another reason to quit smoking: Your income
A Federal Reserve study finds that smokers earn considerably less than nonsmokers, for reasons that aren't entirely clear.
Researchers Julie Hotchkiss and Melinda Pitts, who work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, found that smokers earn about 80% of what nonsmokers earn, according to NBC News.com. Interestingly, the amount someone smoked was irrelevant because both chain-smokers and weekend social smokers experienced similar wage gaps. Even someone who smokes just one cigarette a day will take a financial hit.
Hotchkiss and Pitts attribute about 60% of the wage difference to demographic factors, such as smokers tend to be less educated that nonsmokers and therefore earn less.
Although some might think smokers may be less productive because they need to take breaks to get their nicotine fix, that's not the case. Some of the difference is due to what the researchers called "unmeasured factors" such as "baseline employer tolerance."
Though the smokers interviewed by NBC didn't think their habits hurt them financially, ample evidence shows that it does. That's especially the case for poor states such as West Virginia, which has country's second-highest smoking rate.
A 2011 study by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the average smoker with a pack-and-a-half per day habit spent about $31,000 on cigarettes between 1980 and 2009. In 2009 alone, that smoker shelled out $2,121 to feed his nicotine addiction.
West Virginia has a per-capita income of $34,447, ranking 47th out of 50 states, which means many of the state's smokers are struggling to afford their habit.
Of course, the costs to society for smoking are enormous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that smoking-related health care costs were more than $95 billion a year between 2000 and 2004. About 400,000 people die annually because of their own cigarette smoking, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
If there's a bright side to this story, it's this: The study found that people who quit smoking make more money than people who never took up the habit.
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Seems the same could be said about alcohol too. To each there own. Stop trying to control other people. Live and let live.
It's not that smoking lowers your income. It's that poor people are more likely to be smokers.
Here in Florida smoking 2 packs a day costs at least $5,000 a year, based on purchases of cartons--more expensive for individual packs.
There is no list of ingredients on a cigarette pack. Therefore, it's impossible for a current or potential smoker to make an informed decision. Yeah, I know you don't eat cigarettes, but you don't eat shampoo either and there's a list of ingredients on every shampoo bottle.
Finally, there is no such thing as a nonsmoking cigarette break. If you work wih smokers who are abusing their breaks, forcing you to cover for them, file a complaint with your employer.
Stigma, Stigma, Stigma- Label, label, label., judge, judge, judge, YOUR INCOME????RIDICULOUS.
This is what has been taught and learned.?? These people make less money than others. THESE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES
People who don't frequently bathe, people that have bad breath and don't brush there teeth,, people that eat with there mouths open, people that pick there noses and eat the boogies, people that scratch there butts in public, people that clean there ears with paper clips in the office, people that wear old shoes, people that wear inappropriate clothing, people that have thick coke bottle glasses, people that are obese or are too skinny,, people that have mullets and rat tail haircuts, People that dye there hair black, people that wear cut off
T- shirts, people that wear old torn holey blue jeans, people that have body piercings, people that spit, hock lugies, people that pee and poop on the seat of a public restroom and then leave it, and don't wash there hands,, people that pick there teeth with thumb tacks, people with psoriasis, mersa, skin scabs, people that leave there wet laundry in the washer to sour and then wear there stinky clothes , people with old dilapidated cars, people with hair like Albert Einstein, people with a lazy eye, or cross eyed. people with toe nail fungus. people with un kept long dirty fingernails, people with pox marks and acne that pick there pimples,, people with long eyebrows, people that breath heavy through there noses. people that have cats, dirty litter boxes, cat piss smelling homes, people that spit when they speak, people with oversized birth marks, people who have flat asses, people with missing teeth, people that drink black coffee. This makes smoking a cigarette equivalent to all of the above? Right??? just disgusting?? People draw conclusions about others people's bad habits. EMPLOYERS RECOGNIZE THIESE DIRTY HABITS AS IGNORANCE AND PAY YOU LESS THEN YOUR CO-WORKERS. THIS IS AN EQUAL OPPURTUNITY EMPLOYER??? Lets start a new tax or a new fee on these people because we find these quirks disgusting and unsavory. GOVERNMENT WILL HIRE A PUBLIC POLICING FORCE TO TICKET THESE BAD UNEXCEPTABLE QUIRKS. Yeah that's the answer TAX EM!!!!! TAX EM AGAIN AND AGAIN!!!!!! HELP PAY FOR THE UNINSURED ILLEGAL MEXICAN CHILDREN IN OUR COUNTRY! HELP US DEAR JESUS, TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER, TISK,TISK,TISK. TIME FOR A SMOKE BREAK.
I quit smoking after 32 years. I've been smoke free for nearly 5 years. As far as being richer since I quit? I've not noticed any financial increase.
People who smoke and want to continue to smoke? Go for it. It's your choice and you do what you want to do and the rest of these a$$holes that are trying to control your life can go f*(k themselves.
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