Jobless Smokers Less Likely to Find New Jobs – Paid Less

Drug Rehab in Asheville NCAre you addicted to smoking cigarettes? Do you only smoke socially? Are you constantly feeling like the world is against smokers and that it might be time to give it up? Not only is smoking very unhealthy, it's also getting a bad rap around the world for many other reasons. It costs a lot of money to smoke regularly, it is bad for not only you, but also those around you.

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Smokers Less Likely to Find New Jobs

Another reason you might want to start giving your bad habit up is because, believe it or not, smokers are having a harder time finding a job than those that don't smoke. Even more, people who smoke are being paid less than those that don't.

Really quickly, let's take a look at a few facts, before moving on.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States.
  • This includes nearly 42,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure.
  • Approximately one in five American deaths are linked to cigarette smoking.
  • This is 1,300 deaths every day.
  • On average, smokers tend to die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.

Drug Rehab in Asheville NCCigarette smoking is responsible for almost half a million deaths each year in the U.S. alone. While you let that one sink in for a bit, consider why employers aren't hiring folks who choose to smoke. Aside from the startling facts above, there's good reason.

Did you know that saving the money you spend every day or so on smoking could help you save close to $10,000 in less than  months? Wow. That's a lot of money saved with little to no effort. All you have to do is stop smoking and put the money you'd spend on it in a savings account.

If these aren't reason enough to consider quitting smoking, the following will hopefully help you make the decision - and soon!

Just last month, a new study was conducted. From it, an article was published by JAMA Internal Medicine online. The article was called, “Likelihood of Unemployed Smokers vs Nonsmokers Attaining Reemployment in a One-Year Observational Study."

According to, "The objective of this study and article was to examine differences in reemployment based on smoking status during a 12-month period. The authors found that unemployed smokers were less likely to get new jobs and when they did find employment, they earned an average of $5 less an hour. For this study, Judith J. Prochaska, Ph.D., M.P.H., of Stanford University and coauthors examined differences in reemployment by smoking status over a 12-month period in a group of 251 unemployed job seekers in the city of San Francisco and neighboring Marin counties in California."

The study took 251 people - 120 nonsmokers and 131 smokers that smoke daily - and had them fill out specific surveys that pertained to whether or not they smoke, if they're employed or currently searching for a new career and how much they make.

There were also follow-up surveys conducted 12 months later. 217 participants completed the 12-month follow-up surveys. According to, the report showed that "60 of 108 nonsmokers (55.6 percent) were reemployed compared with 29 of 109 smokers (26.6 percent). The results suggest nonsmokers were 30 percent more likely (on average) to be reemployed after one year compared with smokers."

While smokers averaged five dollars an hour or less, nonsmokers earned more. Nonsmokers earned twenty dollars an hour on average versus fifteen dollars an hour.

To look at this collectively, over a year's time span, that means that smokers are missing out on ten thousand dollars a year on average.

We know how hard it is to quit smoking. It's an addiction that will take time and patience to battle. For those that are looking for a great reason to quit, this article hopefully offers that reason to you. Getting motivated to give up the smokes should be easier, knowing that you might be able to either find a new job or make more money at your current one.

Sometimes, an addiction to smoking cigarettes comes along with other addictions like drugs or alcohol. If you're battling more than one dependency, it might be time to consider personalized drug rehab in Asheville NC offered by Legacy Freedom.

Drug Rehab in Asheville NCRehab and recovery aren't easy, though. Those that choose to enter recovery have a lifelong challenge. Years after being drug or alcohol free, some people find that they still crave certain substances. During customized treatment, you'll learn to cope with emotions, cravings and more. You'll learn the connection of all psychological, physical and emotional aspects of addiction. Even more, you will also learn to break old, bad habits and form new, healthy ones.

Building a new life, free of substance abuse, is freeing. It’s like finding freedom after being imprisoned for a crime you didn’t commit. Addiction is like a disease that you can’t help. While smoking tobacco, using the drugs or alcohol is something you could have avoided, the addictive nature of them couldn’t have been helped.

We hope this information helps you understand why it's important to kick your smoking habit as well as get help for other types of addictions you might be also dealing with.

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Are you suffering from an addiction and aren’t sure where to turn next? Regardless of how bad your drug or alcohol use has become, help is always available. You’re not alone in this. Recovery is just a phone call or visit away. Contact Legacy Freedom to learn about our highly successful outpatient therapy and drug rehab in Asheville NC services. We are here to help you get back on track to a healthier, happier life.


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