Smokers Make Less Money
By William Richards
NEW YORK (MainStreet)--The Wall Street Journal's Khadeeja Safdar reported yesterday on a Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta study that correlates smoking habits with wages. The researchers, Julie L. Hotchkiss and M. Melinda Pitts, found that former smokers earn more money than either non-smokers or current smokers--5% more and 20% more, respectively.
Go ahead--start trying to shoe-horn yourself in there. You only have two or three a day? Or, you're not a smoker, unless you're drinking? Well, Hotchkiss and Pitts have news for you: even one cigarette a day is enough to "trigger a wage gap," the Journal reported.
Why a wage gap, then? Apparently, it's not about lost wages because you keep stepping out to the parking garage for a drag. And, it's not about lost time, either, because of epic bouts of bronchitis.
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