Smokers Unlucky in Love?

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 “”.

The ADA also provides public resources on smoking here.

© 2017 American Dental Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction or republication is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission from the American Dental Association.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

More Articles You May Like


Tobacco's greatest threat to your health may be its association with oral cancer. The American Cancer Society reports that:

  • About 90 percent of people with mouth cancer and some types of throat cancer have used tobacco. The risk of developing these cancers increases as people smoke or chew more often or for a longer time.

  • Smokers are six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop these cancers.

  • About 37 percent of patients who continue to smoke after cancer treatment will develop second cancers of the mouth, throat or larynx. While only 6 percent of people who quit smoking will develop these secondary cancers.

  • Smokeless tobacco has been linked to cancers of the cheek, gums and inner surface of the lips. Smokeless tobacco increases the risk of these cancers by nearly 50 times.7