Stop-smoking medical online supplies could help you get a job

Medical supplies online that can help you quit smoking could also help you land a job and earn as much money as non-smokers do. A study published in JAMA found that non-smokers were 30% more likely than smokers to have found a job after being monitored for a year. The findings indicate that smoking can leave your wallet as barren a wasteland as your lungs. “The health harms of smoking have been established for over 50 years, and now evidence is accumulating that smoking can hurt your success in the workforce and perhaps even lower your pay,” lead author Judith Prochaska, of the Stanford Prevention Research Center in California told Reuters.

The researchers followed 251 participants – 131 daily smokers and 120 non-smokers – from September 10, 2013, to August 15, 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previous studies had found an association between smoking and unemployment, but “this is the first study to prospectively track reemployment success by smoking status,” the authors of the study wrote. “Smokers had a lower likelihood of reemployment at 1 year and were paid significantly less than nonsmokers when reemployed. Treatment of tobacco use in unemployment service settings is worth testing for increasing reemployment success and financial well-being.” Such treatment might include nicotine patches and gum and other medical supplies online.

How much less were smokers paid? Approximately $5 less an hour than non-smokers. Though the study did not address the reasons for these differences, “one thing we found that suggests an answer was that smokers in our sample tended to place a greater prioritization with regard to their discretionary spending on cigarettes than on aspects that would aid in their job-search, such as costs for transportation, mobile phone, new clothing, and grooming care,” Prochaska said. Additionally, smokers are believed to take more sick days and be distracted by withdrawal symptoms on job interviews and at work. Look, a squirrel! Um, where was I? Ah, yeah.

According to Prochaska, smoking is not common in San Francisco, and the results of the research may not apply to the rest of the United States. “In areas of the (country) where the smoking prevalence is higher and/or smoking is less restricted in the workforce, the differences may not be as striking,” she said. “Across the U.S., however, the trend has been toward declining smoking rates and greater adoption of workplace smoke-free laws, so these findings are likely to be more widely relevant over time.”

It’s important to note that the study did not establish whether smoking was the cause of unemployment or a consequence of it. Smokers could find it more difficult to find jobs or just be more likely to lose jobs. On the other hand, a non-smoker who is laid off may start to smoke out of stress. Moreover, smokers and non-smokers differed in age, education level, race, health status, and other factors that could have influenced their job search, so “we designed this study's analyses so that the smokers and nonsmokers were as similar as possible in terms of the information we had on their employment records and prospects for employment at baseline,” assistant professor of medicine and study co-author Michael Baiocchi said in a statement.

However, there is one factor that the researchers didn’t account for, and that is discrimination against smokers. We all know that nicotine is addictive, and it’s safe to say that addiction is considered a disease, so basically these people are being discriminated against on the basis of a medical condition – which I thought the Affordable Care Act made provisions against. Hard to believe Harvey Milk’s hometown would allow such an injustice. Conversely, that doesn’t mean there should be special privileges for smokers, but they should be provided with the means to quit tobacco, and as affordable as smoking cessation medical supplies online are at Discount Medical Supplies, they’re not free, so a steady income would certainly be much appreciated.

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