Meaning of "be associated with something" in Essential American English Dictionary

be associated with something

phrasal verb with associate us /əˈsoʊ·ʃiˌeɪt, əˈsoʊ·siˌeɪt/ verb present participle associating, past tense and past participle associated

to be caused by something:

There are many health problems associated with smoking.

(Definition of “be associated with something” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)