Study Finds Connection between Smoking and Poor Diet

A new study has determined that smokers have lower quality diets than nonsmokers and former smokers. Completed at Yale University, the study analyzed data from the 2013-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination. Nearly 5,300 adults participated, and a correlation between dietary energy density and cigarette use was examined.

Researchers found a strong linear relationship between dietary energy density and smoking patterns in current smokers. However, a significantly higher dietary energy density was found among non-daily and daily smokers compared to never-smokers. This suggests that current cigarette use is connected to a poor diet.

These findings were published in BMC Public Health on April 4, 2018.