Teenage girls start smoking to lose weight

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:366
  1. Alex Brooks
  1. BMJ

    Weight control is a major reason that teenage girls take up smoking, according to a study of nearly 3000 British and Canadian schoolgirls.

    Girls who smoked were 30% more likely to be overweight, were prone to overeat, and were twice as likely to be worried about their body image than non-smokers (Postgraduate Medical Journal 1998;74:473-9). Most …

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