In the world of online dating, you can customize your search and basically “shop” for a potential partner. Height, body type, ethnicity, religion, pets… sometimes, you have an option to only look through the “hot” daters.
Most people know if they want children or would date someone who occasionally does drugs. Would you date a smoker?
A survey conducted by Halo Cigs, an e-cigarette and vape kit retailer, found that two out of three non-smoking women will swipe left on a smoker.
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As of 2015, 15 percent of Americans still smoke, but that number is a considerable drop from years past.
Halo Cigs asked 500 Americans about dating (or dumping) smokers and 64 percent of nonsmoking men and women said they would not get into a serious relationship with a smoker.
There is even a bias among smokers. The survey found that more than 10 percent of smoking men said they’d refuse to get into a serious relationship with another smoker —nearly twice as many as smoking women who said “no” to dating another puffer.
And it isn’t just the stigma or smell. Turns out, a majority of non-smokers say it’s just not a good look and it reflects on the character of the person.
“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,” the survey found. “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.”
Smoking might sound like a deal breaker with those stats, but very few people ever broke up with someone over tobacco use, the survey found.
But, only 5 percent of fellow smokers preferred dating another smoker, so the tar-filled dating pool is pretty shallow. You do have a few options: join a smokers-only dating site, go the less offensive e-cigarette/vaping route or unlock the tobacco shackles and quit.
“Men were slightly more likely to find smokers unattractive, though women weren’t far behind,” according to the survey, “with 54 percent saying smoking has a negative impact on attractiveness.”