Study warns singles who smoke three times are more likely to stay single

SMOKING singles are three times more likely to be left on the shelf than their non-smoking counterparts, according to research.

A study of 2,000 non-smokers found that 38 percent of online daters would swipe left to dismiss a potential love interest if they were spotted smoking or vaping on their profiles.

According to a study, singles who smoke are more likely to remain single


According to a study, singles who smoke are more likely to remain singleCredit: Alamy

More men admitted to swiping left on women who smoked cigarettes in their profiles (42 percent vs. 36 percent) and also when they were visibly vaping (38 percent vs. 33 percent).

But hand-rolled cigarettes were cited as the least attractive smoking device by a fifth of respondents.

As a result, one in four admitted to lying about their smoking habits on their dating profile.

And 27 percent strategically shortened a date because the other party lit up or took a hit.

It also found that two-thirds felt it was very impolite for their date to smoke around them without first asking permission, with 32 percent feeling “disgusted” and 26 percent annoyed.

Darren Griffin, UK Country Manager for nicotine pouch brand ZYN, which commissioned the study, said: “It is reassuring that so many non-smokers have suggested healthier alternatives to their dates and this will no doubt help us achieve our ultimate goal.

“We are confident that we will see a smoke-free world by 2030 – which is still quite a long way off.

“But it’s interesting to see that this is already something that most people wouldn’t want to see on a potential partner’s dating profile.

“Not only is it discreet with ZYN, it can also be enjoyed without interruption, no matter where the user is or what they are doing – making sure everyone is there enough to secure that important second date.”

The study also found that two out of three non-smokers would not go on a second date if their partner smoked when they first met.

And more than a third said the smell of cigarettes on a date is a major dislike.

Online dates are also keen to avoid smokers’ breath, as more than half would avoid a kiss at the end of the night if their date had smoked.

In a list of the top 10 dating no-nos, the smell of cigarettes landed at the top, followed by bad breath, body odor and discolored teeth.


1. Body odor/poor hygiene

2. Bad breath

3. Cigarette breath

4. Use of recreational drugs

5. Smell of cigarette smoke

6. Having food in your teeth

7. Insulting bar staff or waiters

8. Eating around the mouth

9. Cigarette breaks at lunchtime

10. Chew with your mouth open

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