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Can smoking really help you shed those extra kilos? Scientists think so

Would you smoke to lose weight? Well, according to findings of a new study, you should. The study found that smoking does in fact lead to weight loss.

health and fitness Updated: May 19, 2016 15:32 IST
The authors of the study investigated the impact of reducing nicotine doses on body weight, and results revealed that reduction of nicotine dose from a large self-administered dose to very low doses resulted in substantial weight gain.
The authors of the study investigated the impact of reducing nicotine doses on body weight, and results revealed that reduction of nicotine dose from a large self-administered dose to very low doses resulted in substantial weight gain. (Shutterstock)

Would you smoke to lose weight? Well, according to findings of a new study, you should. The study found that smoking does in fact lead to weight loss.

The study demonstrated in a carefully controlled series of studies that the self-administration of nicotine by rats suppresses body weight gain independent of food intake.

The authors of the study investigated the impact of reducing nicotine doses on body weight, and results revealed that reduction of nicotine dose from a large self-administered dose to very low doses resulted in substantial weight gain.

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In rats self-administering a maximally-reinforcing dose of nicotine, body weight gain during the 20-day study period was attenuated by 40 percent despite no change in food intake.

Lead author Laura Rupprecht said that the findings are important in the context of potential product standards requiring very low nicotine levels in cigarettes, as they indicate that low nicotine levels may still reduce body weight, possibly motivating continued use and maintaining exposure to harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke.

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The results of the four experiments in the study also indicate that the weight-suppression properties of nicotine may act through processes that are separate from those that contribute to nicotine addiction.

A better understanding of the separate neurobiological mechanisms responsible for nicotine addiction and body weight regulation may allow for new avenues in the development of obesity pharmacotherapies.

The study is published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.