While people have many reasons for not voting, having this particular habit could mean that you’re more prone not to vote, new research suggests.
People who are smokers are much less likely to vote compared to non-smokers, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Centre and published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
The researchers considered data from a telephone survey that reached 11,626 participants including questions on their smoking behaviors as well as whether they had recently voted in an election.
They found that people who smoke are 60 percent less likely to vote than those who do not smoke (17 percent of the respondents were smokers.)
The study is the first to link behavioral health-risks to electoral participation which researchers noting that a possibility for why smokers may not vote could be due to them viewing “political institutions as oppressors, given widespread enactment of tobacco taxes and clean indoor air laws.”