Did You Know?: Smoking & Food Insecurity
It's true. According to researchers at the New York School of Medicine, in households where people smoke, kids and adults are more likely to suffer "food insecurity" -- which basically means fearing not having enough food, day-in and day-out.
For example, the study found that more than 17% of kids in smoking households do not get enough food, compared to just over 8% of kids in non-smoking households.
One possible reason for the link between smoking and food insecurity is that smoking is expensive. At $4 a pack, cigarettes can cut deeply into the grocery budget, especially in poor households.
The researchers also noted that smokers often have different attitudes towards food than non-smokers, which could affect how well they feed their kids.
And now you know.