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50% of the North East would be put off kissing a smoker


Jul 30, 2019 #Cigarettes, #Dating
  • 19% of the North East would rather kiss someone who have just eaten garlic rather than a smoker.
  • 12% of the North East would rather kiss Donald Trump over a smoker
  • Change Incorporated encourages the UK to quit cigarettes for good

Smoking habits are hindering dating and relationships suggests new research. With one in three agreeing that quitting smoking improved their sex life and 50% of the North East put off kissing a smoker, cigarettes are having an apparent impact on relationship and dating prospects.

The research comes after a recent NHS report expressed concerns of reality television programs glamorising smoking to young people, with an estimated 47 million children exposed to smoking on reality television. However, recent research suggests that the connotations of smoking being unattractive and undesirable still exist.

The research conducted by new purpose-driven channel Change Incorporated, surveyed 2000 UK adults’ attitudes towards locking lips with a smoker and found that 9% of the North East were more likely to want to kiss potential Prime Minister Boris Johnson (9%), US president Donald Trump (12%) or with someone who has just eaten garlic (19%), instead of smooching a smoker.

The survey uncovered the five most common words used to describe kissing a smoker are smelly, a turn off, disgusting, vile and dirty. Prospective partners were found to not only be aesthetically repelled by a smoker’s kiss but were also concerned about the potential consequences to their health with 6% convinced a kiss will contribute to poor oral hygiene.

North East were also more inclined to kiss somebody with a cold sore than puckering up to someone smoking a cigarette. With smoking being the largest preventable cause of premature death in the world, the research reflects Change Incorporated’s national effort to encourage the UK to quit smoking for good.

Perhaps just a hint as to why 14% of the North East have in the past checked if someone smokes before agreeing to meet them for a date and pointing to a bigger shift in society that smoking is losing its appeal due to the growing importance of maintaining their well being and that of those around them. It also emerged that only 10% of the North East would quit smoking cigarettes if they knew it would please a new partner. While cigarettes also emerged as a source of conflict in relationships with 6% of North East admitting to being in a relationship that has struggled due to smoking.

Other research conducted by Change Incorporated uncovered that one in three who have quit smoking had reaped the benefits of an improved sex life, with those aged between 33-44 and males agreeing the most strongly with the statement.

For more information, tips and advice on quitting cigarettes please visit: www.changeincorporated.com