Smoking Is Hurting Your Love Life

by Nathalie O'Neill

Not only is smoking bad for your health, turns out it's probably taking its toll on your love life as well. According to newly released statistics from the dating app Hinge, men who identify as smokers are 61 percent more likely to be rejected than their cigarette-shunning counterparts. So, you know, they're just doomed to be sad chain-smoking bachelors (I'm imagining something straight out of a Godard film).

Hinge is a dating app that lets users self-identify according to a certain set of characteristics, including "foodie," "history buff," and the dreaded "smoker." The app then matches people based on each user's likes and dislikes — which is awesome, honestly, because I'm tired of meeting people who won't banter with me about the best dumplings joint in town.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 20.5 percent of adult men are smokers, and that most smokers are between the ages of 25 and 44. According to Hinge founder Justin McLeod, it's an education thing. "Statistically, college graduates smoke less than the general population (11 percent vs 20 percent respectively)," he told The Huffington Post via email. "With 99 percent of Hinge's users being college-educated, we'd anticipate that non-smokers are more likely to be attracted to fellow nonsmokers."

Regardless of the explanation, smoking is definitely not sexy (it helps if you think of what color you want your date's lungs, fingers, and teeth to be, never mind the smell of stale cigarette smoke). If taking care of your health somehow wasn't reason enough, do your love life a favor and buy those nicotine patches, finally.