London, Sept. 03 (ANI): Quitting smoking is not only beneficial for your health, it can also let you earn more.
A new US based study has found that non-smokers are not as financially well-off as their work colleagues who have kicked the habit, Metro.co.uk reported.
The research, which said that smokers only earn about 80 per cent of what non-smokers make, also claimed that smokers who have ditched the nicotine habit are paid five per cent more than people who have never smoked a single cigarette.
Researchers used data from the tobacco use section of the US Census Bureau's population surveys between 1992 and 2011.
It was suggested that trying to quit smoking can take many years, so those who have smoked in the past and then quit are likely to be older than those who do currently smoke, therefore former smokers are often further along their career paths and earning higher salaries than smokers.
The study by economist Melinda Pitts, also found that the proportion of smokers is highest in the lower classes and smoking prevalence is higher among people from manual as opposed to non-manual socio-economic groups.
According to Dr Robert Shipley, associate professor of medical psychology and founder of the Stop Smoking Clinic at North Carolina's Duke University, the reason for such a trait is that most who try to break free from cigarettes don't succeed, so people who successfully quit smoking tend to be good problem solvers and have high persistence, which leads to their success in the workplace.
The study was published in the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. (ANI)