Ape to Gentleman are champions of all things good. This includes looking good to feel good, inside and out. Not only style and grooming but also health. Have you consider stopping smoking or even considered how you look as a smoker? We all know it’s bad for you, yet some still continue to pollute their lungs. Motivating oneself to quit can sometimes be tough, with social smoking being top of the list for reasons not to.

As good a reason as we’ve seen to date comes in the form of new research from the Department of Health which shows that if you are looking for a date this Valentine’s Day, keeping away from cigarettes can increase your chances of success, not to mention keeping you healthier.

Among people polled, it was the 18-24 year olds who were most put off by the smell of cigarettes.

  • 74% claimed they would not kiss someone who had just smoked;
  • 76% agreed that smoking makes people less attractive; and
  • 64% of 35-44 year olds said they would refuse a kiss from a smoker.

It gets worse (or better as we see it), 47% of those polled said that if they knew someone was a smoker they would think twice about starting a serious relationship.


You might say this view is expected from the Department of Health but it’s also backed up by popular dating sights, with 81% of members on one site stating they would not partner with a heavy smoker. Another claims that 72% of male members and 73% of female members said “No Way” when it comes to smoking and over 67% of respondents said smoking would put them off dating someone.

Astonishingly, over 8 million people in England still smoke and sadly, 50% of these are likely to die from smoking related diseases if they do not quit. By quitting smoking, smokers could increase their life expectancy by 16 years and save thousands of pounds.


  • Visit your local pharmacy and pick up a free NHS Quit Kit or click here.
  • a health/wealth wheel, which helps quitters calculate how much they are saving and the improvements they will see to their health
  • tips on how to improve and boost willpower, including a quitting planner which helps quitters identify smoking triggers and offers tips on managing cravings
  • MP3 downloads that are scientifically proven to reduce cravings
  • a wall chart to map progress
  • a ‘tangle’ toy to help keep hands busy
  • information on other free quitting help such as local Stop Smoking Services

So, men, not to lecture – you know all this already but for your health’s sake and more pressingly tonight your dating life, make Valentine’s Day extra special this year.