Great American Smokeout Today!
Everyone knows that smoking isn't good for you, vaping isn't either. Seventy percent of smokers want to quit. The American Cancer Society estimates that smokers with a pack-a-day habit can save more than $2,300 a year by quitting. Smoking causes 438,000 deaths in the United States each year, including 38,000 deaths among non-smokers. 28% of smokers say money worries have prompted them to consider quitting, while 21% have saved cash by switching to a cheaper brand of cigarettes. Here are some other smoking tidbits for you from the SURVEY OF THE DAY:
The Great American Smokeout Is Today
A survey by the American Cancer Society reveals that 44% of the 45 million Americans, who smoke have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. Other findings:
- the smoke from one cigarette remains in the room for up to five hours after smoking
- 30 minutes of daily second-hand smoke exposure causes heart damage similar to that of a habitual smoker. People, who are exposed to daily second-hand smoke have a 30% higher death and disease rate than non-smokers.
- second-hand smoke is the third-leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., behind only smoking and alcohol and drug abuse.
- second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, with more than 50 of them being known carcinogens
A survey by the oxygen company Inogen reveals that 56% of women won't date a smoker. Other findings:
- 46% of women won't date a vaper
- 70% of women find smoking unattractive.
- 55% of women say vaping is unattractive
- 5.4% of women say smoking makes them more attractive. 6.7% of men said the same
- 70% of women say smoking makes them less attractive. 64.5% of men said the same
Not Exercising Worse Than Smoking
A study by the Cleveland Clinic reveals that not exercising may be worse than smoking, diabetes and heart disease. Researcher Wael Jaber tells CNN; "Being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic or being a current smoker. We've never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this. Being unfit should be considered as strong of a risk factor as hypertension, diabetes and smoking -- if not stronger than all of them. There is no level of exercise or fitness that exposes you to risk. We can see from the study that the ultra-fit still have lower mortality."
Cleaning Your House As Bad As Smoking
A study by Norway's University of Bergen reveals that cleaning your house can be as bad as smoking. Researchers found that women, who regularly used cleaning sprays for 20 years or more had the same lung function as women, who had been smoking 20 cigarettes a day over the same period. Cleaning supplies increase the risk of asthma by 43%. Professor Oistein Svanes is quoted in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine as saying; "In the long run, cleaning chemicals very likely cause rather substantial damage to your lungs. When you think of inhaling small particles from cleaning agents that are meant for cleaning the floor and not your lungs, maybe it is not so surprising after all."
Smoking and Dating Survey
A survey by the e-cigarette company Halo Cigs reveals that 66% of non-smoking women will swipe left on a smoker on a dating app. Other findings:
- 15% of people still smoke
- 64% of non-smoking people will not get into a serious relationship with a smoker
- 5% of smokers prefer to date another smoker
- 54% of people say smoking has a negative impact on attractiveness
A survey by Slimming World reveals that 50% of smokers delay quitting because they worry about gaining weight. Other findings:
- the average smoker will puff on 41,000 cigarettes over the course of their life. This will cost them an average of $30,000.
-one cigarette costs 11 minutes of life
the average smoker's life is cut short by 314 days because of smoking
The Great American Smokeout Is Today ... No Smoking
A survey by Match.com reveals that 90% of people prefer to date non-smokers. Other findings:
- 51% of people say taking a smoke break on a first date is unacceptable
- 40% of people say being late on a first date is unacceptable
- 45% of people say constantly checking a phone on a first date is unacceptable
- 57% of singles would never date a smoker
A survey by Match.com reveals that 43% of people consider bad teeth a dating dealbreaker. Other findings:
- 33% of people consider smoker's breath a dating dealbreaker
- 70% of people would not marry a smoker
- 80% of people would not marry a smoker for $100,000
- 37% of singles are turned off by someone with no sense of humor
- 10% of singles are turned off by someone who is bad in bed
A survey by Nicabate reveals that 80% of male smokers prefer to date a non-smoker. 87% of smoking women say they prefer to date non-smokers as well. Other findings:
- 80% of smokers don't believe cigarettes damage their skin
- 66% of people say smoking is a turn-off
- 49% of smokers have been unsuccessful in their attempt to quit smoking.
A study by Ohio State University reveals that smokers cost employers $6,000 more a year than non-smokers. Other findings:
- employers lose $3,077 a year on employees, who take two, 15-minute smoke breaks a day
- excess healthcare costs of smokers, who have higher rates of lung disease, heart disease, various cancers and other illnesses: $2,055.77.
- The CDC estimates smoking costs $193 billion in health expenses and lost productivity per year
No Smoking Section
A survey by San Diego State University reveals that stop-smoking Internet queries are 25% higher on Mondays than other days. Other findings:
- “help quit smoking” Internet queries are 11% higher on Mondays than on Wednesdays, 67% higher on Mondays than Fridays and 145% higher on Mondays than Saturdays
- 70% of smokers want to quit
A study by USC reveals that Facebook may make teenagers more likely to drink and smoke. Researcher Thomas Valente tells the Daily Mail, ''Our study shows that adolescents can be influenced by their friends’ online pictures to smoke or drink alcohol. Teenagers who see friends smoking and drinking alcohol in photographs posted on Facebook are more likely to smoke and drink themselves. To our knowledge, this is the first study to apply social network analysis methods to examine how teenagers’ activities on online social networking sites influence their smoking and alcohol use.''
What A Drag
A survey by Pfizer reveals that 7% of smokers have stolen from friends to pay for cigarettes. Other findings:
- 20% of smoking parents have bought their children fewer or cheaper clothes in order to afford cigarettes
- 20% of smoking parents have cut back on Christmas and birthday presents in order to afford cigarettes
- 9% of smoking parents have stolen money from their children in order to buy cigarettes
- 17% of smoking parents have cut back on food and drinks for their children in order to afford cigarettes
- 3% of smokers have asked strangers for money to buy cigs
- 12% of smokers have gone without food in order to afford cigarettes
- 4% of smokers have turned off the heat and worn extra clothes in order to afford cigarettes
A survey by Pfizer Canada reveals that smoking in the home can reduce a property's resale value by 29%. Other findings:
- 25% of people are unwilling to buy a smoker's home
- 56% of buyers are less likely to purchase a home where people have smoked
- 15% of homes have at least one regular smoker
A study by the University of Sydney reveals that ex-smokers gain 11 pounds in the first year after they quit smoking. Other findings:
- ex-smokers gain an average of 6 pounds in the first 3 months after quitting
- 13% of ex-smokers gain an average of 22 pounds after quitting.
- ex-smokers gain weight because nicotine is an appetite suppressant and the activity slightly increases metabolism.
A survey by Yahoo reveals that 57% of men and 71% of women perceive smoking to be "very uncool." Other findings:
- 58% of women and 49% of men would NOT date a smoker
- 32% of women say they never smoke around their significant other
- Only 28% of smokers admit to being addicted and dependent on cigarettes
- 72% of smokers say, "I choose when I smoke and can go without at any time"
- 56% of 18-34 year-olds say they smoke when drinking because "I like the extra buzz it gives me"
- 50% of men say that smoking is too expensive to be a full time habit
- 50% of women claim smoking is gross and they do not want to smell like cigarettes
Colin Farrell Quit Smoking In An Unconventional Way: Colin Farrell tells Men's Health that he quit smoking in an unconventional way. "I wrote a breakup letter to the Spirit of Tobacco. I got a frying pan and tossed the letter with a load of tobacco, put some paraffin over it, and lit a match that sent a big, wallowing cloud up into the sky. Then I didn't have a cigarette for another two years."