Some Runners Leave a Cloud of More Than Dust

Poll finds serious athletes may still light up—on the sly
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 4, 2008 11:25 AM CDT
Runners may be ashamed to admit they smoke.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Though many athletes prefer to keep it hush-hush, a number of devout runners are also devout smokers. The LA Times takes a look at the unlikely phenomenon, moved to investigate by a recent Runner’s World poll which found that 2% of responders smoked without their running friends’ knowledge, while 4% openly lit up.

“They're not proud of it,” said the magazine’s editor, himself an ex-smoker. But “it's that addictive element—I understand where they're coming from."