Smoking Deal Breakers

Have you ever dated a smoker? Would you in the future?

If you’re like most Americans, your distaste for dating smokers has increased exponentially in the last few years. Smoking has fallen further and further from favor – even though about 15 percent of Americans still smoked as of 2015.

So what’s a smoker looking for love to do? Well, you could always join a dating website just for smokers. Perhaps it’s time to try an alternative, such as vaping. Or maybe the time is ripe for quitting.

We asked 500 Americans how they felt about cigarettes when it came to their romantic partners. Here’s what we learned.

Smoking and the dreaded deal breaker

Smoking and the dreaded deal breaker

When asked if they would get into a serious relationship with a smoker, about 64 percent of nonsmoking men and women said no. Interestingly, even some smokers didn’t want to date other smokers. Over 10 percent of men who smoke wouldn’t get seriously involved with another smoker, which is almost twice that of smoking women who refuse to date other smokers.

How women and men see smokers

How women and men see smokers

So smoking is a deal breaker for a lot of people. However, how do men and women perceive smoking?

The answers aren’t good news for the smoking crowd: men and women agree in their beliefs that smokers are addicted, enjoy nicotine, and are unhealthy due to their habits. A large majority of participants said smokers were addicted. Sixty-one percent of women thought smokers were unhealthy, just slightly higher than men. Additionally, only sixteen percent of women and twenty-one percent of men thought smoking was on trend.

Is smoking really a deal breaker?

Is smoking really a deal breaker?

Despite over half of nonsmoking respondents considered smoking a serious relationship deal breaker, 58 percent have dated a smoker, and very few participants – be they smokers or not – have actually broken up with someone for smoking.

Where not to smoke

Where not to smoke

It’s no secret nonsmokers would prefer not to be in the immediate vicinity of smoke. We worry about our health, and most simply don’t like being around it.

The question remains, though: are some places more acceptable for smoking?

The answer, survey says, is yes. When we asked where it was OK to smoke, some places got far more disapproval than others.

Smoking cigarettes around kids was the biggest no-no, with 80 percent saying it was unacceptable. Family events were also a no-go, as were weddings.

The most acceptable places to smoke were in a bar, outside at a party, or with a group of friends.

Smoking around your significant other

Smoking around your significant other

So nonsmokers didn’t love it when people smoked around them … but was it more acceptable if that smoker was a partner? Did a relationship change the dynamic between smoker and nonsmoker?

Our survey suggests the answer was yes. Though 56 percent of nonsmokers said that smoking in their house was the biggest offense, only 20 percent of nonsmokers would be offended with a post-sex smoke.

Of course, 73 percent of respondents, smokers and nonsmokers alike, still preferred their partner not to smoke at all. Only five percent of respondents (smokers) preferred to date smokers, so it seems that being a smoker seriously narrows down your dating options.

Smoking and sex appeal

Smoking and sex appeal

Does smoking impact attractiveness? We asked our survey respondents about sex appeal and learned the vast majority of nonsmokers ranked smokers as less than sexy. Men were slightly more likely to find smokers unattractive, though women weren’t far behind--with 54 percent saying smoking has a negative impact on attractiveness.

Smoking and nonsmoking locations

Smoking and nonsmoking locations

Depending on where you live in the United States, your smoking habits may be more of a deal breaker in some locations than in others. It’s no surprise that regionally, the West has the highest percentage of people who would break up with a smoker because of their habit. This region has the lowest number of smokers than any other region. In this nonsmoking region, 50 percent of respondents said they would break up with a smoker. Forty five percent of southerners said they would break up with a smoker, making the South one of the more “smoker-friendly” regions. However, smoking trends overall are on the decline, which means smoking could be even more of a deal-breaker across the map in the future.

Looking for love? Try an alternative, like vaping

According to our survey, your chance of romance is better if you can keep smoking to a minimum. If you prefer to try an alternative, e-cigarettes are more socially acceptable and less likely to land you in the deal-breaker zone.

Methodology

We surveyed over 500 Americans, both smokers and nonsmokers, about their perceptions of cigarette smokers. We asked them about their feelings toward dating cigarette smokers, which types of smoking and which scenarios were deal breakers, as well as basic demographic questions.

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