The Relevance of Smoking in Social Security Disability Cases

In Strong v. Social Security Administration, 88 Fed. Appx. 841 (6th Cir. 2004), the Court addressed a claimant’s contention that the ALJ harbored improper prejudice towards his smoking habit.  The Court responded to the claimant’s assertion as follows:  “The record . . . shows that the ALJ verified that Claimant . . . was spending at least $100 per month for his habit. . . . relevance is readily evident in light of Claimant’s assertion that he did not have the money for medical examination or treatment during the relevant period.”

In other words, the claimant’s smoking habit was found relevant in discrediting his claim that he could not afford medical care.



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