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E-Cigs, or How to Quit Smoking without Packing on the Pounds

Long-term smokers, be they casual, social, moderate or heavy (10+ cigarettes per day) cite the fear of weight-gain as one of the top reasons behind their reluctance to quit. But what is the actual link between smoking and the metabolism? Could one possibly hope to quit smoking without gaining weight? Find out what the researchers are saying below.

The Link between Smoking and Weight Loss/Gain

According to Cynthia Purcell, MS, whose main occupation is to help people quit smoking through therapy, at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University, the connection between skinny-looking people and smoking goes beyond pure aesthetics. Indeed, she says, smoking a pack of cigarettes per day will speed up your metabolism to the point where you will burn an extra 250 calories without any sort of physical activity. And while some may think that this is a godsend, consider why one’s metabolism would choose to act this way. Essentially, it is because of the nicotine, carbon dioxide and over 4,000 toxic substances that tobacco smoke contains (according to research reports published in 2009 by dr. J.M. Rogers). Nicotine and CO2 require a lot of extra work to be processed from one’s lungs, circulatory system and other internal organs.

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