Relationship between cigarette smoking and muscle strength in Japanese men

Takeshi Saito, Nobuyuki Miyatake, Noriko Sakano, Kanae Oda, Akihiko Katayama, Kenji Nishii, Takeyuki Numata

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Objectives: To investigate the link between cigarette smoking and muscle strength in Japanese men. Methods: We used data on 4249 Japanese men, aged 43.3±13.9 years, in this cross-sectional investigation study. Grip strength and leg strength were measured as indicators of overall muscle strength. Meanwhile, subjects' cigarette smoking habits were recorded by trained medical staff. The effect of cigarette smoking on muscle strength was evaluated. Results: A total of 1618 men (38.1%) were smokers and 1481 men (34.9%) exercised regularly. Significant differences in muscle strength were noted between men with and without a Brinkman index of 400 or greater, after adjusting for age. After adjusting for age, height, body weight and exercise habits, associations between the Brinkman index and leg strength and the ratio of leg strength to body weight were attenuated. Conclusions: Cigarette smoking might be negatively associated with muscle strength, especially grip strength in Japanese men.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-386
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Exercise
  • Grip strength
  • Leg
  • Muscle strength
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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