The study which is based on data from National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health suggests a correlation between high body mass index (BMI) and cigarette smoking in young adults.

Researcher H Isabella Lanza who is an associate with the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs in Los Angeles stated that there are various reasons behind youngsters picking up smoking.

Overweight or obese teenagers are more prone to smoking as the desire to improve their social standing leads to increase in probability of involving in regular smoking habit.

Christopher N. Ochner, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, emphasized that other studies estimating the relation between BMI and substance abuse had mixed results, but the size of the survey sample and the statistical processes used in this study suggested that the correlation between smoking and higher BMI may be clinically significant.

The study is published in American Journal of Health Behavior.

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