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Nonsmokers Are Healthier... And Happier

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There are many obvious reasons not to smoke cigarettes. More unexpected negative effects include sagging breasts, impotence, hearing loss, and even overall happiness. Studies indicate that nonsmokers are generally happier than smokers and even former smokers. According to another study, this finding remained consistent for smokers and nonsmokers of all income levels. Smokers were also more likely than nonsmokers to report having been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives. The association between smokers and many factors of well-being are especially pronounced in low-income respondents. The debate of cause versus correlation applies here: do people smoke cigarettes because they are worse off, or are they worse off because they smoke?

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Factors that affect breast sagging include being overweight, having larger breasts, having babies, and smoking cigarettes. 00:23

  2. Smokers are 70% more likely to develop hearing loss than nonsmokers. 00:48

  3. Men who currently and formerly smoked are about 30% more likely to suffer from impotence. 01:08

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