Smoking, employability, and wages


This new report considers the impact of smoking on employability and wages. The findings demonstrate the profound impact that smoking is having on society. Smokers are 11% less likely to be employed and earn 25% less than non-smokers. Increased likelihood of economic inactivity appears driven by disability. The cumulative impact of this difference on lost productivity is £74.1bn.

The report’s findings present a significant reason for different local stakeholders, including local economic partnerships, to engage with tobacco control work.

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