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Smoking won’t make you thinner

22 April 2010 Email This Post Email This Post Print This Post Print This Post

Ciggaret in ashtrayPeople who never smoked put on less weight than active smokers or those who stop smoking, according to a four year analysis by researchers at the University of Navarra.

The researchers evaluated the link between the two cardiovascular risk factors: the ‘nicotine habit’ and the increase in weight when smokers stop the habit and when they continue smoking. After 50 months of analysis on 7565 people, based on age, sex, initial body mass index and lifestyles, they observed that people who continued smoking gained more weight and people who stopped smoking gained weight proportionally to the amount of cigarettes smoked a day.

The authors confirm that nicotine addiction is not an effective way of preventing obesity. “In fact the increase is demonstrated, especially in ex-smokers and in smokers who continue,” highlights Basterra-Gortari1.

1 Francisco Javier Basterra-Gortari is a researcher at the University of Navarra and main author of the study

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