Romantic prospects may be telling smokers to kiss off, according to research from England’s Department of Health, which sets government policy for health and social care.
The department published survey findings on its website in February 2012 that it says reveals 76 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds agreed that smoking makes people less attractive. Other key findings include:
- 74 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds surveyed claimed that they would not kiss someone who had just smoked.
- 64 percent of 35- to 44-year-olds surveyed said they would refuse a kiss from a smoker.
- 47 percent of those surveyed said that they would think twice about starting a serious relationship with someone they knew was a smoker.
According to the Department of Health’s website there are more than 8 million smokers in England and “half of these are likely to die from smoking related diseases if they do not quit.”
The news for smokers isn’t getting any better it seems. Recently, the American Dental Association reported in ADA News that smoking is linked to poor oral health in a National Center for Health Statistics data brief. Read the article at “http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2012-archive/february/smoking-linked-to-poor-oral-health”.
The ADA also provides public resources on smoking here.© American Dental Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction or republication is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission from the American Dental Association.