E-cigarettes aren’t exactly harmless, but a new health benefit was recently found that could be a game changer.
In the past few years, e-cigarettes have grown in popularity. Even Leonard DiCaprio was seen vaping at the Oscars! Although they do contain nicotine, there is no tobacco in an e-cigarette. As a result, it’s often used as a first step for cigarette smokers who are trying to quit.
One major drawback of quitting cigarettes is inevitably gaining five to 10 pounds. However, researchers in New Zealand and Britain have found that e-cigarettes help control weight gain and appetite when people are trying to kick their smoking habit.
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Why do smokers gain weight when they quit? It turns out that nicotine actually helps regulate the part of your brain that lets you know when you’re full.
The nicotine in e-cigarettes can help suppress food cravings while you kick cigarettes to the curb. Then, it’s a matter of weening yourself off vaping, which has less physical side effects than quitting smoking.
That said, e-cigarettes have not been shown to have any affect on weight loss for people who don’t already smoke. The health benefits of e-cigarettes should be used as a stepping stone to quitting, not an excuse to keep up the habit.
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Are you a smoker? If so, would you use e-cigarettes to quit? Let us know in the comments.