ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — A new study suggests that smokers are lazier than non-smokers.
Researchers from Universidade Estadual de Londrina in Brazil found that smokers are less physically active than non-smokers, lack motivation and are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
“To our knowledge, this is the first study that has demonstrated a reduction in the objectively measured level of physical activity in daily life of adult smokers compared with non-smokers,” Dr. Karina Furlanetto, author of the study, said in a press release.
Researchers had 60 smokers and 50 non-smokers wear a pedometer for 12 hours per day, over six days. The study found that smokers said they were more tired and lacked the motivation to exercise or be physically active.
“Besides presenting poorer lung function, exercise capacity, qualify of life and symptoms of anxiety and depression, smokers also walked less than non-smokers in daily life,” Furlanetto said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that more than 440,000 Americans die each year from smoking cigarettes.
The study was published in the journal Respirology.