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Smoking "is a big turn off" says Department of Health

Tue 14th February, 2012

Not smoking will improve your chances of a hot date on Valentine's Day, says the Department of Health.

"New research" found tha, among people polled, it was the 18-24 year olds who were most put off by the smell of cigarettes.

Seventy four per cent claimed they would not kiss someone who had just smoked; seventy six per cent agreed that smoking makes people less attractive; and sixty four per cent of 35-44 year olds said they would refuse a kiss from a smoker.

As well as leaving a bad taste in the mouth of your date, 47 per cent of those polled said that if they knew someone was a smoker they would think twice about starting a serious relationship. So, people who want to stay one step ahead of the game this Valentine’s Day should put an end to their habit and quit today.

Simon Clark, director of Forest, said the DoH research was a waste of taxpayers' money, adding: "To then use it to denigrate a substantial minority of the population with cheap personal jibes says more about the Department of Health than it does about smokers and their attractiveness to other people."

Source: Department of HealthBBC News (14 February 2012)

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