Is the Decline in Smoking Causing Obesity?
It’s a well know fact that smoking causes health problems such as lung cancer, heart disease, and a weakened immune system. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has estimated that in the U.S. alone, smoking is responsible for approximately 350,000 deaths per year. The U.S. Surgeon General has called cigarette smoking “the chief preventable cause of death in our society.”
Although dropping the cigarette habit is definitely a good choice, there is recent evidence that the decline in smoking may have actually caused an increase in another serious health condition, obesity.
A study conducted in Scotland by by Dr Laurence Gruer OBE, Director of Public Health Science at NHS Health Scotland, was conducted to determine if there was any relationship between causes of death and obesity in women who smoked versus those who had never smoked.
What they found is that women who had never smoked were on average much more likely to be obese. So is it possible that smoking has masked an Obesity problem? Researchers suggest that the recent decline in smoking could be a major factor in the increase in obesity found both in Europe and the US. Instead of conquering stress or cravings with a cigarette, many people are now substituting with fatty junk food snacks.
The best way to avoid this is of course to never start smoking in the first place. However, if you need help quitting there are products such as Zyban to help you quit smoking. Also if you are dealing with the common weight gain associated with newly recovered smokers, you may want to implement a diet tool such as Xenical to help block the fat and get your weight back under control.
- Lung cancer risk—increases roughly 50 to 100 percent for each cigarette you smoke per day.
- Heart disease risks—increases roughly 100 percent for each pack of cigarettes you smoke per day.
- Each cigarette costs the smoker five to twenty minutes of life.