Recent study has found that smoking hinders job opportunity. Smokers face more problems in finding job and if they find some job they earn less than the non-smokers.
As per the details, during the study only 27% of smokers could find job in 12 months while non-smokers were 56% who got job. Furthermore smokers who got job earned 5 dollars less per hour than non-smokers.
We found that smokers had a much harder time finding work than non-smokers,” says presiding author Judith Prochaska from Stanford University Medical Center in the US.
The team surveyed 131 unemployed smokers and 120 unemployed non-smokers at the beginning of the study and then at six and 12 months.
“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,” Prochaska adds in a paper published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
They took help from survey questions and a breath test for carbon monoxide levels to categorize job seekers into either daily smokers or non-smokers.
Smokers were on average younger, less educated and in poorer health than non-smokers.
“Such differences might influence job seekers’ ability to find work,” Prochaska states.
After controlling for these variables, smokers still remained at a big disadvantage. After 12 months, the re-employment rate of smokers was 24 percent lower than that of non-smokers.
Moreover, those who quit smoking successfully will have an easier time getting hired, suggest the authors.