The current analyses addressed the relationship between body mass index and reasons for smoking in 69 cigarette smokers (39 male) enrolled in a smoking cessation study between 2000 and 2003 in a Midwestern metropolitan area. Multivariate analyses of variance were applied. Normal weight and overweight smokers exhibited differential patterns of responding on a questionnaire assessing reasons for smoking. Compared to the overweight group, the normal weight group endorsed smoking for relaxation as well as the sensation of having something to do with one's hands. While preliminary, pursuing body mass index (BMI) in relation to smokers' reasons for smoking may help tailor smoking cessation programs to the needs of these smokers. The study's limitations are noted.
- Body mass index