something which may be of interest – some data from ecigarettedirect.
We surveyed 1000 smokers and 20% of them said that smoking helped their career. Other stats included
- 20% of people believe that smoking has improved their job/career opportunities
- 45% of women are quitting smoking due to financial issues.
- 31% of people from London have said that smoking has had a negative effect on their career.
- Females voted starting a new job more stressful than getting married
- Over one third (34%) of 25-34 year olds said that smoking has helped to improve their social life and 42% of them voted that smoking had improved their love life.
- Stopping smoking was voted the most stressful task, above having children, divorce, losing their jobs and being in debt.
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For Immediate Release
Smokers would rather be in debt or lose their job than quit their habit
Following the news on Britain’s first outdoor smoking ban, and the plain packaging battle; we at Ecigarettedirect.co.uk wanted to get behind the lips of the smoker, and gain an insight into their thoughts and motives behind the habit.
Ecigarettedirect.co.uk surveyed 2000 smokers in the UK on their unhappiest and happiest life moments. We gained an insight into people’s happiest milestones and also their most stressful times too.
It was just a month ago that many people across the world set themselves the 2015 target to quit smoking. In a bid to encourage this, Bristol becomes the first city in the UK to ban smoking in outdoor public places, political parties start battling for plain cigarette packaging, and a ban on smoking in cars is said to come into force in October this year.
However, according to our survey results, both men and women said that actually stopping smoking is the most stressful task to overcome in their lives. A whopping 57% of female participants admitted that stopping smoking is more stressful that having a child, moving house or even losing their jobs. Strangely, 20% of women said smoking has in fact helped improve their job/career opportunities, and actually believe that smoking improves their love life too (26%).
Male participants of this survey also have a similar view. 21% believe it has improved their job/career opportunities, 27% say smoking has helped their love life, and even 21% are under the impression that smoking in fact boosts their health.
Nonetheless, when we asked these participants what would be the reason they quit smoking, the majority of both men (52%) and women (60%) admitted that the main reason would be due to health. Only 23% of women said they would quit if they were having a child, while 45% said they would quit more because of financial reasons.
When comparing the prices of cigarettes across 25 years, a pack of 20 has quintupled from the 1990’s till now. 25 years ago, the average packet of 20 cigarettes cost £1.65 and now costs around £8.47. When averaging this across the year, smokers could be spending around £1,500 on the habit, and the cost of this is something that motivates a lot of current smokers to quit.
We asked both female and male participants of this survey why they initially started smoking. The majority (37%) said it was simply due to curiosity, while they admit they would be happier if they quit, they will miss it!
James Dunworth, director of Ecigarette Direct said “As our survey shows, quitting smoking is extremely stressful and difficult for many smokers. We need to help and support smokers who want to quit, rather than take actions that further stigmatise them.”
He further says “It is difficult to see the justification for banning smoking outdoors, as smoking remains legal, while plain packs is likely to give smuggling a huge boost, redirecting money from taxes to the criminal underworld.”
In addition, research by Martin Lindstrom, author of Buyology, suggests that anti-smoking messages have exactly the opposite effect to that intended, as they stimulate the part of the brain that produces nicotine cravings – more detail here:
http://www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk/ashtray-blog/2010/04/how-cigarette-warnings-help-the-tobacco-industry.html and here: http://www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk/ashtray-blog/2011/08/anti-smoking-ads-make-some-smokers-smoke-more.html).
- More women (34%) began smoking at age 12-16 than men did (31%)
- The majority of both men and women began smoking though at age 17-21.
- The majority of both men and women (over one third of respondents) admit that they began smoking out of curiosity.
- More men (24%) than women (22%) began smoking due to peer pressure, while more women (21%) than men (19%) began smoking to impress a partner or a friend.
- The five most stressful tasks for our female respondents were said to be:
- Stopping smoking (57%)
- Moving house (53%)
- Having a child (44%)
- Being in debt (40%)
- Losing your job (36%)
It is interesting to see here that women found stopping smoking to be more stressful than having a child and losing your job!
- The five most stressful tasks for our male respondents were said to be:
- Stopping smoking (56%)
- Moving house (41%)
- Being in debt (35%)
- Losing your job (33%)
- Having a child (32%)
Again, here it is interesting to see that stopping smoking was found to be more stressful for men than losing a job, moving house and being in debt.
- The majority of both men (52%) and women (60%) admitted that the main reason they want to quit smoking is potential health issues. The second most popular reason to quit for both sexes was financial issues.
- Both men and women admitted that although they think they’ll be happier if they quit smoking, they will miss the habit.
- Over a quarter of male respondents admitted that smoking has affected their hobbies (26%), social life (26%) and relationship with family (26%) in a negative way.
- Interestingly, almost one quarter of female respondents (24%) said that smoking has improved their social life. Furthermore, over one quarter of women (26%) said that smoking has helped to improve their love life too and almost 20% of women said smoking has helped to improve their job/career opportunities!
Note: There weren’t as many real stand out stats when dividing the data by age group.
- For all age groups, stopping smoking was said to be the most stressful task. However, the 25-34 age group said that the most stressful task for them was moving house (46%). They ranked this just above stopping smoking (45%).
- For all age groups, the main reason for wanting to quit smoking is potential health issues. The second reason for all groups is financial issues.
- Interestingly, while all age groups said that they think they will be happier if they quit smoking, it was only the 25-34 age group that said that they wouldn’t miss smoking. Each of the other age groups admitted that they will miss it.
- The majority of 25-34 year olds (42%) said that smoking has helped to improve their love life.
- Almost one third (32%) of 25-34 year olds said that smoking has helped to improve their job/career opportunities and their relationship with family.
- Bizarrely, over one third (35%) of 45-54 year olds believe that smoking has not affected their health.
- Over one third (34%) of 25-34 year olds said that smoking has helped to improve their social life.
- These stats show that the 25-34 age group believe smoking has improved a number of aspects in their personal lives.
- Meanwhile, 29% of 35-44 year olds said that smoking has had a negative effect on their hobbies.
- The top 3 happiest milestones for both male and female respondents were said to be:
- Becoming a parent
- Getting married
- Falling in love
- Interestingly, these milestones were considered happier moments than getting your dream job, buying your first home and graduating.
- Both men (43%) and women (58%) noted that the activity that makes them enjoy life the most is spending time with family. The second activity that makes both sexes enjoy life the most is travelling.
- Money and sex were found to make men happier than women. 12% of men said money makes them happiest, in comparison to only 8% of women, while 10% of men said sex makes them happiest in comparison to just 2% of women!!!
- In contrast, 9% of women said their friends make them happiest, in comparison to 7% of men.
- For all age groups, becoming a parent has been the happiest milestone in their lives so far. However, for the 18-24 age group, falling in love has been the happiest milestone.
- Interestingly though, one quarter (25%) of 18-24 year olds said that becoming a parent has been their happiest milestone. This could be used as another indication of how many young people are having children in this day and age.
- For all age groups, spending time with family is the activity that makes them enjoy life the most.
- Money and friends were found to bring most happiness to 18-24 year olds, with 19% of respondents saying that these two things makes them happiest.
- Health was found to bring most happiness to the 55+ age group.
- Sex was found to bring most happiness to 18-24 year olds too, with 8% of respondents in this age group saying it makes them happiest. Only 4% of 25-34 year olds and 5% of 55+ year olds said sex makes them happiest.