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A Smoker’s Wage Gap?! Yep—Smokers Make 20% Less Than Non-Smokers

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It’s no surprise that smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that it’s also bad for your earning potential?

The research paper “Even One Is Too Much: The Economic Consequences of Being a Smoker” has proven smokers earn 20 percent less than non-smokers. That’s right. Those who pause for smoke breaks during the work day, actually earn less than non-smokers which, for young adult smokers, translates to a loss of up to $10,000 a year.

In fact, the study, completed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, found that it is not differences in smoker vs. non-smoker productivity that drive the smoking wage gap. Instead, it’s differences in the abilities smokers bring to the job such as education. And if you’re an occasional stress smoker, be advised: even one cigarette per day is enough to trigger the smoking wage gap.

This data has prompted truth, one of the nation’s oldest and longest running youth tobacco prevention campaigns, to launch a new campaign that shines a spotlight on the “smokers wage gap” by tapping into the desire of most young adults to build a successful financial future. The campaign kicked off during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s) on August 28th with a video that highlighted the “smokers wage gap” and encourages teens to rally to close the gap.

Missed the VMA’s? Check out the video campaign here.

TELL US: Did you know your habits could be costing you a promotion or salary bump?  @Glassdoor