(MSN Money) So how bad did the recession get for cigarette smokers? Apparently bad enough to pick up any stray cigarette butt they came across and relight it.

Living every day like a lyric from Roger Miller’s “King of the Road” — “I smoke old stogies I have found / short but not too big around” — 46% of smokers in a new study reported relighting cigarette butts in an effort to save cash during a tough economy.

Conducted by The Tobacco Dependence Program at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the study found that relighters smoked fewer cigarettes a day than those who didn’t (16 instead of 20). But women, African-Americans and smokers who are divorced, widowed or separated were more likely to relight than their counterparts.

Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.