A big downside for a lot of people when they quit smoking is that they inevitably gain weight in the early days of their withdrawal from nicotine. This is because nicotine is an appetite suppressant, and when this intake is removed the former user has a greater appetite and begins to eat more. They basically ease their stress of nicotine withdrawal by replacing it with food.
But, however, a new study that I read about on dailycaller.com talks about how they examined former smokers who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking and found that the post-cessation weight gain was limited in comparison to those who quit via other means.
There are a few cautions mentioned in the article, though. One is that the sample size is small, so it might not be realistic to extrapolate this to the population as a whole. It also states that there were few women in the study, and that women tend to gain more weight than men when it comes to weight gain after quitting smoking. I would be very curious to see the results of this study under more strict conditions so we can get some more reliable answers, but this small subset does provide some good news.
Aside from the lessening of weight gain, e-cig users also described the quitting process as “easy, spontaneous and painless” for them. You are all quite aware how tough it is to quit, I myself am a success story, and can attest that the process was a whole lot easier due to my use of these devices. It’s been years since I’ve last had a cigarette and I can’t get enough of my vapes!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Would you like to see more research of this kind done and see if the results come out the same? Have you had personal experience with this, having quit cold turkey before and later quitting through the use of e-cigs and noticed a difference? I’d like to hear from you!