Like money AND cigarettes? Well, seems like there's a new reason to give up that smoking habit, one that affects your income. According to a group of economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, smokers earn 20 percent less than non-smokers, on average. Twenty. Percent! That's no laughing matter!
And it gets even more interesting: Their research found that the wages of both people who smoke a pack a day AND social smokers are around equal. You know what that means? It's the fact that a person smokes, not how much, that is important. The reasoning behind this? NBC suggests that non-smokers are more educated than smokers. Higher level of education = smarter decision-makers in the job market.
Interesting? Sure. Just like any addict, constant smokers lose a part of themselves and their ability to focus because of the continuous pull away from the task at hand. But let's be real -- there is DEFINITELY room for interpretation here.