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The association between degree of nicotine dependence and other health behaviours
Findings from a German general population study

ANJA SCHUMANN , ULFERT HAPKE , HANS-JURGEN RUMPF , CHRISTIAN MEYER , ULRICH JOHN
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/11.4.450 450-452 First published online: 1 December 2001

Abstract

Background: To investigate the association between degree of nicotine dependence and unhealthy nutrition, lack of physical activity, and hazardous alcohol drinking. Methods: Data with respect to cigarette and alcohol consumption, nutrition, and physical activity was collected in a representative general population sample (N=4, 075). Results: Smokers with high compared to moderate and low degrees of nicotine dependence consume unhealthy foods more frequently, report less physical activity and more hazardous alcohol drinking. Conclusion: From a public health point of view, special secondary preventive interventions for smokers with high nicotine dependence and additional unhealthy behaviours are necessary.

  • degree of nicotine dependence
  • health behaviours
  • smoking