Smokers in Greater Danger of Divorce
Byline: JENNY HOPE
SMOKING presents a new hazard to health and happiness - it puts those who indulge at greater risk of divorce, it emerged yesterday.
Research has found that adults who smoke are 53 per cent more likely to divorce than those who don't.
Experts say it is not necessarily the antisocial nature of the habit that puts marriages at risk. They claim that people who smoke are riskier prospects as life partners because they have more psychological problems, including depression and anxiety.
depression and anxiety.
The latest data comes from a U.S.
social survey involving more than 3,000 adults analysed by Chicago University researchers. Almost half of the smokers surveyed had been divorced, while only one in three of the non-smokers had suffered marriage breakdowns.
The resulting 53 per cent extra risk for smokers was irrespective of the person's gender, age, race, education or income.
The study's co-author, Dr William Doherty, warned: 'If you are dating a smoker, you might want to think twice before marrying him or her. …