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Smoking a big turn-off

14th February 2012

The results of a poll carried out by the Department of Health have found that most people thinking smoking is a "turn-off".

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The poll found that 75% of the 1,700 respondents would not want to kiss a person who had recently smoked a cigarette.

Half the respondents said they would have second thoughts about getting involved with a person who smoked.

Information collected by dating agencies seems to support the Department of Health's poll.

The eHarmony dating site said 81% of people registered with them would not date someone who smoked heavily. 

Around three quarters of people registered on Match stated that they wanted to go out with someone who didn't smoke, while two thirds of members of mysinglefriend said they would be put off by a smoker.

Sarah Beeny, host of Channel 4's Property Ladder and founder of mysinglefriend said: "Whilst obviously people aren't permanently a smoker in many cases and some people can see past this - it does clearly influence a person's decision to date you."

"It's particularly obvious that non-smokers find it harder to live with a smoker, so by giving up you not only increase your dating market, but protect the years you have together when you do settle down." 

The Department of Health said people who wanted to be lucky in love on Valentine's Day should stop smoking today. 

 

 

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