1/10 of women smoking continue to do so because they are scared of gaining weight
Smokers fear the weight gain that comes after quitting
We all know that smoking is bad for your health. And you can not deny that, considering that thousands of posters, TV commercials, posters and even the doctor warn you regularly about the effects of smoking. Unfortunately, many women choose to deliberately ignore these risks and continue smoking as they are afraid to gain weight should they quit smoking.
According to a recent study published in WebMD Magazine, some women continue to smoke because they are so scared to gain weight. Leading author Ce Shang of the University of Illinois near Chicago said that the idea is still very prevalent among people that smoking keeps them slim. Shang announced that it was clear from a survey of 10,000 smokers that women in particular had a serious phobia of gaining weight.
Although women are seeing 10% more anti-smoking campaigns today, many are still afraid to take the step to becoming a nonsmoker. This new information is definitely an eye opener for policy makers. "Policy makers should consider the concerns over weight gain, thereby improving the effectiveness of existing policies to promote smoking cessation," said Shang.
After all, slimming is never worth risking your health. Smoking is dangerous but the reality is that smokers who quit gain an average of over 5kg in the first year after the last cigarette.
What can you do to keep yourself from gaining weight after quitting?
As a response to Shang, an international group of health researchers published an article that gives hope: Vaping could be a way for smokers to avoid this problem. The article was published in the magazine "Nicotine & Tobacco Research", and carries the title: "Could vaping be a new weapon in the fight against the kilos?"
The authors explain that on the one hand nicotine suppresses appetite and on the other hand it increases the metabolism. Common smoking cessation products, such as varenicline or bupropion medications, do not help smokers to avoid extra pounds after they stop.
The scientists say that nicotine replacement therapies help smokers quit just as much as e-cigarettes, but vaping has a big advantage. The nicotine content in e-cigarettes is much easier to regulate and to determine than in pharmaceutical products such as chewing gum and patches.
How flavored nicotine e-liquids can beat cravings
Many vapers have gradually reduced the nicotine content in their e-cigarettes until they consume only minimal amounts or no nicotine.
"You can change the nicotine content. So to stop smoking, for example, you can start with an e-liquid with a higher nicotine content and then gradually turn to e-liquids with smaller quantities. This is much easier than with nicotine gums or patches, which is probably helpful in keeping or losing weight, "said co-author Linda Bauld of The Guardian magazine.
She also notes that the variety of flavors in e-liquids can serve as a substitute for snacking. vapers often say that sweets and dessert flavors keep them from eating the real temptations. There is no doubt that the further a smoker gets away from smoking tobacco, the better sweet and fruity liquids taste.
Today, after months of research, Hexa decided on 4, 20mg nicotine holding, high quality flavors, designed for a comfortable transition from conventional cigarettes to vapors. They are: Tobacco, Menthol, Tobacco Menthol and Blueberry.
Soon we will be launching our new flavors and lower (10mg) nicotine pods so we can continue the battle against cravings and unhealthy weight gain.