A new research conducted by a group of scientists shows the possible benefits of smoking e-cigarettes to help cases of obesity in those trying to quit cigarettes, iTech Post reports. According to the report, the different flavours used in e-cigarettes can have a positive impact on those trying to kick the habit by preventing them from the need to binge on snacks every now and then. The results also suggest that the process of filling an e-cigarette and mixing and trying out different flavours may also help curb the user’s need to go on snacking by keeping their hands engaged.

E cigarettes may help Weight Loss

While the researchers clarify that more studies need to be conducted, the study may prove to be of significant help for long time smokers planning to quit. The nicotine present in cigarettes is known to have properties that simultaneously suppress the appetite and increase metabolism in individuals. Quitting, therefore, commonly results in a significant bout of weight gain, with most users experiencing an increase in their weight by up to 5 kg in the first year alone, the report points out. Smoking an e-cigarette during the initial stages of quitting, on the other hand, may help users to get accustomed to being without cigarettes and at the same time keeping their minds and hands occupied at a time when they are likely to experience a boost in appetite resulting in binge eating.

According to researcher Linda Bauld, deputy director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies and professor at the University of Stirling, e-cigarettes are a great option for long time smokers who are trying to quit. “People can change their nicotine content, so to quit smoking they might start off on a higher strength e-liquid and then they can taper down gradually in a much more sophisticated way than they can with NRT, which is probably good for weight maintenance and for weight loss,” she said. However, the researchers added that while e-cigarettes may yield positive results for those trying to quit smoking, in no way does the study suggest that non-smokers will be aided in weight loss by its use. Instead, the study pertains to those particular individuals who are trying to quit smoking and are concerned about the possibility of weight gain.

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