Up in smoke


 
 

Matthew Murdock | | Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Several studies have found a relationship between low socioeconomic status and smoking. But Zagorsky has found something a bit different: smoking may actually lead to lower wealth.

While it is impossible to prove that statement without doing randomized studies and forcing some people to smoke and preventing others from smoking against their will, the data clearly indicates to me that the causality runs from smoking to wealth and not the other way around, he says.

In a recent US study of baby boomers, Zagorsky researched the relationship between smoking and wealth. The research was based on information from almost 9,000 people over a period of 15 years.

Zagorsky s analysis shows that those who have never smoked have a much higher net worth than those who have smoked. Among those who smoke, light smokers fare financially better than heavy smokers. On average the net worth of those who never smoked is roughly 50% higher than individuals who are light smokers and more than twice the level of heavy smokers.

In other words, smokers have a lower financial net worth than nonsmokers nonsmokers are wealthier than smokers.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Industry News, Health and Safety

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

The Evolution of Civilian High Threat Medical Guidelines

How mass killing events have proven a need for new guidelines.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Shooting, EMS Audio

Edited audio from the Parliament Hill incident.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Illinois Ambulance Service on Chopping Block

Peoria Heights EMS depends on property tax vote.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Kentucky Firefighters, Medics Drill for Ebola

Lexington firefighters and medics prepare for possible patients.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Mid-South EMTs Prepare for Ebola

Mid-South EMTs are certified for service.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Shooting Incident

Solider is shot by gunman at national memorial in Ottawa.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Life Link III Trauma Tactics Conference in Minnesota

Conference was designed to enhance the skills of providers of all levels, covering rescue and prehospital situations, to transport and in-hospital treatment.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

EMS Tailgating

Rigs converted for football.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >