George quit smoking on his own and has been smoke-free almost three years.
Because the stigma against smoking is so great and because many smokers perceive themselves to be on the verge of quitting, some smokers identify themselves as "nonsmokers" or "occasional smokers" in their online dating profiles, and while smoking is a definite deal-breaker for some nonsmokers, many have found themselves smitten by a smoker — despite their strong preference for a smoke-free partner.Such was the case when then 39-year-old travel writer, Lisa Niver Rajna, met her future husband, George. I had in my brain that I personally never smoked, and so I had the expectation that I was going to date a nonsmoker," Niver Rajna says."I definitely looked at smoking statuses, and I thought George's said that he was either a nonsmoker or an occasional smoker." With a shared interest in world travel, George and Lisa really hit it off on their first date — but on their otherwise-great second date, new information came forward about George's smoking status."On our second date, I saw one of those patches," Niver Rajna says. In a recent poll, 58 percent of respondents said they absolutely would not consider dating a smoker — up a whopping 22 percent from when the same question was posed in 2004.