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Did You Know?: Smoking & Food Insecurity

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Air date: November 16, 2008


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Did you Know? is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

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.