Nearly half of all unemployed Irish people smoke, according to a report issued today.
Research carried out by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland also shows that 27% of all Irish people currently smoke.
This means the incidence of smokers among the unemployed, at 49%, is nearly double that of the general population.
In the workforce, craft and trade workers showed the highest incidence of smoking, with 45% of female and 39% of male workers smoking.
It also revealed that the lowest levels of smoking were reported by professional workers, with 20% of men and 18% of women smoking.