Raising worker pay reduces smoking

Finally something that makes sense. More money equates to a less stressful financial burden which in turn reduces stress and the need to smoke so much.


Worker advocates have a new reason to push for higher wages: raising worker pay could reduce smoking rates.

A new study from researchers at University of California, Davis published in the August issue of Annals of Epidemiology found that a 10% increase in wages led to about a 5% decrease in smoking rates among male workers or workers who have a high school education or less—typically those who hold low-wage jobs. The pay hike also improved their overall chances of quitting smoking from 17% to 20% over the course of the study.

For the study, the researchers examined data from 1999 to 2009 on wages, smoking status, and state of residence for full-time employees ages 21 to 65 years. They excluded people under 21, since wages don’t change much for that group, and left out people who had never smoked (since the goal of the study was to evaluate influences…

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