Smokers Are Less Likely to Vote
Previous research has suggested that smokers tend to have more "political mistrust" than nonsmokers. Now a study at the University of Colorado Cancer Center has found that people who smoke every day are 60 percent less likely to vote.
The researchers surveyed 11,626 people over the telephone, as part of the Colorado Tobacco Attitudes and Behaviors Study (C-TABS). The participants were asked questions relating to demographic, social and behavioral factors, including whether they smoked and had voted in a recent election.
The study, published in the journal_ Nicotine and Tobacco Research, _found that 17 percent of those polled were smokers, and that daily smokers were 60 percent were less likely to vote than nonsmokers.
While the research didn't determine why smokers don't vote, the researchers speculated that may feel oppressed by political institutions - a reaction against the spread of clean indoor air laws and tobacco taxes, or that the stigma associated with smoking may create a feeling of "depression or fatalism," or cause them to feel withdrawn from society.