Smoking a turn-off

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THE recipe to finding a smokin’ hot date on the most romantic day of the year is simple – quit smoking.

New research shows that if you are looking for a date on Valentine’s Day, keep away from cigarettes if you want to increase your chances of success.

Polling in Sheffield and elsewhere in Yorkshire by the Department of Health showed 65 per cent of people would not kiss someone who had just smoked, and 67 per cent think lighting up makes people less attractive.

As well as leaving a bad taste in the mouth of your date, 44 per cent of those polled said that if they knew someone was a smoker they would think twice about starting a serious relationship.

So, people who want to stay one step ahead of the game this Valentine’s Day should put an end to their habit and quit today.

More than one in five adults in Sheffield – around 21.5 per cent – still smoke, despite years of public health programmes driving home the message that it is not a good idea.

Data from online dating websites also show smoking habits can have a significant impact on the search for love.