FACT: Smokers earn 20% less cash than non-smokers
Smoking is bad for your health. Obviously. But did you know it can screw with your social life, too?
Smokers earn 20% less cash than non-smokers. That means a lot more saying ‘no’ to new adventures with the squad, and a lot more saying ‘yes’ to couch time with mom and dad.
So -- why do smokers make less? In general, smoking is linked with lower educational attainment. Which…usually means you’re going to earn less. It’s one of the many factors that contributes to your employment opportunities. And it’s only one characteristic that contributes to something called the “smoking wage gap.”
Which is a hugely complicated issue, and, yeah, we’re only focusing on a small aspect of it, because focusing on a small aspect lets us actually focus on something we can change.
But because of that wage gap, young smokers can miss out on up to $10,000 per year.
That difference in pay could be the difference between crowd surfing at a festival with your friends and couch surfing at home with Peepaw. Or watering the front yard instead of road-tripping to a waterpark with the crew.
End smoking. Close the wage gap. And don’t go #Squadless. Prove it by taking the quiz.