Study challenges idea that lower BMI shields smokers from fat-associated health risks

While some smokers might rationalize continuing to smoke because of the lower weight often associated with the habit, Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have determined that even with a lower body mass index (BMI), smokers have a higher risk of depositing fat in and around organs and tissues compared to those who never smoked.

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Vanderbilt dietitian offers tips to prevent holiday weight gain