written by: James Mwaka
Recent research suggests that vaping is one of the ways that prevents those who have quitted smoking to add more pounds or add more weight on to what they already have. However, according to a new study, e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be a solution to weight gain, which has been the primary concern to those who are trying to quit smoking. The researcher has noted that the fact that many people have stopped smoking could be one of the main reasons for the increase in the obesity rate in today’s world.
For the smokers who are hoping to quit smoking, their primary concern and worry are them putting on more weight, averagely a person can add up to 5 kilo grams during the first year that they stop smoking cigarettes. In fact in overall weight gain is a major worry to many people even at normal circumstances .Relatively, adding more weight after quitting smoking, could be worrying especially, if all your life you have never had problems with weight gain. The good news is that researchers are for the suggestion that vaping can be used to control obesity, by taking e-cigarettes to help ex-smokers lose weight.
Nicotine reduces appetite, and it increases the metabolism rate, which makes nicotine e- cigarettes perfect to weight gain to ex-cigarette smokers. Nicotine replacement therapies can also help to control weight gain after quitting smoking and can assist those who are still smoking and would want to stop, quit smoking.
However, scientists do not seem to agree on e-cigarette. According to Linda Bauld, a professor of health policy at the University of Stirling and deputy director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, she argued that people can change their nicotine intake, and therefore for them to quit smoking, they could begin on the next aptitude e-liquid, then they will reduce gradually to in more refined way than they could have done with Nicotine Replacement Therapies, which might also be ideal for weight loss and its management. She continued to add that the enormous range of liquids available in the market could as well prevent the urge for a smoker to take snacks bearing to the number of sweet and fruit flavours in supply.
The authors of the research noted that the drop in the prevalence of smoking, have been linked to the drop in the rate of obesity, which is a clear evidence the new methods to manage weight gain could be valuable and of benefit to many people who are planning to quit smoking. In the Nicotine and Tobacco Research by scientists from New Zealand and Stirling journal, which was recently published, the paper studied variety of studies that were discussing the influence of nicotine in the body as well as the connection of the taste, aroma, flavour and the feeling of the fullness . This was meant to dispute the potentiality of e-cigarettes in managing weight to smokers who are trying to quit.
E-cigarettes with their large number of flavours can help to handle and control the cravings of certain foods; this is according to the authors who still adds that the physical processes involved in filling an e-cigarette can reduce the urge to eat food. Linda Bauld said that by doing so, you are re-filling the e-liquids, you might be mixing your liquids, it is like you are trying different flavours, and you are doing things with your hands that take up a lot of time meaning that maybe you are not reaching for the bowl of M&Ms
At the long run, despite noting the concerns raised by some other people in the safety of long-term use of the e-cigarette, she says the research points to the benefits of using nicotine-containing products for smokers planning to quit.
In conclusion there is no evidence found showing that e- cigarettes are as harmful as smoking the cigarette itself. Mainly because according to the published paper, if nicotine can help people not to add more weight after they quit smoking, not forgetting more weight is a risk factor for diabetes and other complications in human body, then we shouldn’t be worried about its long term use after all. This is Linda Bauld’s point of view, but other authors highlighted on some things that should be examined on vaping. All the way from the trial stage into the final effects of Vaping on weight gain among smokers trying to quit, to the effects of different e-liquids on feelings of fullness.
As Linda Bauld stated, they were not trying to promote e- cigarette to those who have never smoked before or trying to encourage them to start smoking, but they were were suggesting that nicotine should be considered for those who are seeking to quit smoking and are afraid of gaining more weight.
It is “almost certain” that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes would reduce weight gain among smokers attempting to quit this is according to Paul Aveyard, professor of behavioral medicine at the University of Oxford. Nevertheless, he continued to caution that the potential benefits of e-cigarettes in managing weight gain among ex-smokers, did not mean that they could help non-smokers’ who are attempting to lose weight.
What’s more, from Paul Aveyard, with some evidence that nicotine could play a role in the development of diabetes, there could possible side effects associated with the use of such devices, even though they are known to help to help smokers keep off from adding more weight after quitting smoking, that balance between the two effects is not yet known,” as he said it.
The final word from Amanda Sandford, from Action on Smoking and Health, was that,”the risk of putting on weight when quitting smoking is a common and major concern to many smokers and can discourage them from trying to stop smoking. E-cigarettes are a safer alternative to tobacco and if they can also help people to keep off from adding on the pounds as well as helping them to stop smoking that is a real bonus which no one would want to miss.