Sitting Is Not the New Smoking. Not By a Long Shot
" " While excessive sitting is bad for you, it's not nearly as bad for you as smoking, a new study points out. pixelfit/Getty ImagesMedia stories claiming that "sitting is the new smoking" are rampant the world over — an analysis found more than 600 with that phrase between 2012 and 2016. But a group of researchers from Canada, Australia and the U.S. set out to analyze existing evidence to prove definitively that sitting is in no way comparable to smoking in terms of public health crisis severity, reach and cost. "It is obvious from examination of smoking research that sitting and smoking are distinct behaviors with different levels of associated risk." Indeed, smoking is definitively called one of the "greatest public health disasters of the 20th century."