Smoking & Nutrition

Don't let your health go up in smoke!

Smoking traditional and electronic cigarettes can lead to many consequences that damage our nutrition status and digestive tract. Keep reading to learn more about the dangerous effects and how to combat them.

How does smoking affect my nutrition?

The chemicals in cigarettes and electronic cigarettes decrease our body's ability to absorb important nutrients from our diet. When we are deficient in these nutrients, we are more likely to get sick, feel tired, and experience slower wound healing.

Click on the icons below to learn about the nutrients that are deficient in smokers, and they important roles they play in the body.

But I thought smoking was a good way to control my weight...


In the 1950s and 1960s, doctors and marketing campaigns advertised weight-loss and weight-control as a benefit of smoking cigarettes. We now know that the damaging long-term health effects far outweigh the benefit of weight loss.

People who tend to lose weight when smoking often have issues caused by undereating, nutritional deficiencies, and damage to the esophagus and stomach lining. If weight-loss is your goal, ask your dietitian or doctor about a health-focused plan that doesn't include cigarettes!


What can I do to reduce the nutritional consequences of smoking?

Written by Amanda Boswell, BS, Dietetic Intern 2021