- Smokers trying to quit often put on weight due to their nicotine withdrawal
- It suppresses appetite – causing a reduction in how much food people eat
- But experts say food-flavoured e-liquids may replicate eating sensations
- They also say the hand-to-mouth action of vaping may prevent weight gain
Electronic cigarettes could be used to help fight obesity in smokers and vapers, scientists believe.
Experts claim e-liquids with food flavourings could replicate eating sensations and help users eat less.
Smokers trying to quit are known to pile on the pounds as a result of their nicotine withdrawal.
The drug suppresses appetite – causing a reduction in the amount of food consumed and cravings.
E-liquids with food flavorings could replicate eating sensations and help users eat less, researchers from the University of Stirling claim
Now, new research suggests the hand-to-mouth action of vaping could help prevent weight gain in those who are trying to stop smoking.
Lead researcher Professor Linda Bauld, from the University of Stirling, said e-cigarettes could be used as a weight management tool – especially for those trying to quit smoking.
She added: ‘Weight gain prevents some smokers from quitting so we need to explore alternative ways of helping these individuals control their weight, while removing the risks of tobacco use.’
Researchers conducted a review into existing research based on how nicotine inhibits appetite and helps weight control.
Smokers trying to quit are known to pile on the pounds as a result of their nicotine withdrawal. But experts believe the hand-to-mouth action of vaping could help prevent weight gain
They found food flavourings helped to replicate the feeling of eating and prevented cravings.
However, they were clear to state that they aren’t promoting e-cigarettes to non-smokers for weight management.
Professor Bauld added: ‘Our health care systems are currently struggling to cope with caring for people with chronic conditions caused by obesity and smoking.
‘Even controversial approaches that could contribute to current efforts to address this are worth investigating.’
The review of existing research was published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.