Daily Smokers Were 60% Less Probable to Vote Compared to Their Non-Smoking Peers

by Julia Samuel on  May 21, 2015 at 5:59 PM Lifestyle News
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A recent study that sheds light on the gradually increasing tobacco users shows that people who smoke are 60 percent less likely to vote than their non-smoking peers.
Daily Smokers Were 60% Less Probable to Vote Compared to Their Non-Smoking Peers
Daily Smokers Were 60% Less Probable to Vote Compared to Their Non-Smoking Peers

"We know from previous research that smokers are an increasingly marginalized population, involved in fewer organizations and activities and with less interpersonal trust than non-smokers," said first author Karen Albright, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado. "But what our research suggests is that this marginalization may also extend beyond the interpersonal level to attitudes toward political systems and institutions," Albright pointed out.

Through random digit dialing, the study reached 11,626 people who completed a telephone survey querying a range of demographic, social and behavioral factors. Questions included smoking behaviors and whether the respondent had voted in a recent election.

The researchers found that daily smokers were 60 percent less likely to vote than non-smokers. Although, it is not clear why smokers are less likely to vote, one possibility is that smokers may view political institutions as oppressors, given widespread enactment of tobacco taxes and clean indoor air laws.

Somewhat similarly, the stigma associated with smoking may create social withdrawal or feelings of depression or fatalism among smokers, which could decrease voting, the study noted.



Source: Medindia

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