Published On: Wed, Apr 13th, 2016

Smoking can be a hurdle in your job

Tired businessman smoking

Tired businessman smoking

Young smokers attention please. An interesting research study has revealed that smokers face more difficulties in searching a job and when they do have a job, they earn significantly below their non-smoker peers.

The results illustrated that at 12 months; just 27 percent of smokers had discovered jobs contrasted with 56 percent of non-smokers. The people who had discovered jobs by 12 months, smokers grossed on usual $5 dollars less for each hour than non-smokers. Judith Prochaska, who is the lead author of the study from Stanford University Medical Center in the US, stated that “We found that smokers had a much harder time finding work than non-smokers,”

The research team conducted survey of 131 unemployed smokers and 120 unemployed non-smokers at the start of the research and then at six and 12 months. Prochaska further stated in a paper cited in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, “The health harms of smoking have been established for decades and our study here provides insight into the financial harms of smoking both in terms of lower re-employment success and lower wages,”

They employed survey questions and a breath experiment for carbon monoxide levels to categorize job seekers into either every day smokers or non-smokers. Smokers were on usual juvenile, low educated and in poorer health than non-smokers. Prochaska further added that “Such differences might influence job seekers’ ability to find work,”

Later than managing for these variables, smokers yet stayed at a huge difficulty. Later than 12 months, the re-employment rate of smokers was 24 percent lesser than that of non-smokers.

Michael Baiocchi, who was the co-author of the study, stated that “We designed the analysis so that the smokers and non-smokers were as similar as possible in terms of the information we had on their employment records and prospects for employment at baseline,”

The author also recommended that those who effectively give up smoking will have a trouble-free time obtaining job.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.