ISLAMABAD: Smokers are more likely to be unemployed than their non-smoking peers, says a study.
Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine claims in a study that apart from potentially being unemployed relatively longer than non-smokers, those who smoke appear to be paid less than those who don’t smoke, reported health news.
The study reconfirmed results of previous studies both in Europe and in the United States with regards to the relationship of smoking behavior to employment.
In order to establish whether smoking behavior does affect a person’s employability, the research team monitored smokers and non-smokers research participants for 12 months. Before the 12-month duration of the study, all participants, 131 smokers and 120 non-smokers, were all unemployed in order to establish a baseline for the study.
After a year, the team found that smokers have a harder time finding a job than their non-smoking peers. Team later found that only 3 out of ten of the smoker participants found a job at the end of the 12-month period, while almost 6 out of 10 of the non-smoking participants have found a job after the same period.
Interestingly, non-smokers who later found a job after the 12-month period receive an average of $5 per hour above the smokers’ pay.
This suggests that apart from having a hard time finding a job, smokers also are paid relatively less than their non-smoking peers.