Smokers don’t just pay through the nose for cigs: They also earn lower salaries and have more trouble getting hired than nonsmokers.
A Stanford study followed 120 out-of-work nonsmokers and 131 smokers as they hunted for jobs. After a year, 56% of nonsmokers had work, but only 27% of smokers did—and those were getting about $5/hour less.
Smokers may spend more on nicotine than on goods/services that could help a job hunt, the study says; and bosses could connect smokers with more sick days and health costs. One thing we’re sure of, though: They’re always outside smoking when you need them.