There was a time, not long ago at all, that it was considered perfectly acceptable to smoke cigarettes as a form of weight management. Obviously, this practice is now greatly discouraged as the health drawbacks greatly overwhelm any benefits it may have to our waistlines. That said, it has caused many people to ask if vaping to curb appetite is a new and improved version of the old and risky smoking habit.
Can vaping to curb appetite give us the opportunity to keep our hunger under control without suffering the same health risks as smoking cigarettes? It’s a very common question and experts have started looking into the answer in order to know for sure.
The majority of the research in the area of vaping to curb appetite was conducted on flavored varieties. The reason is that researchers want to know if the taste, action and chemical impact of using e-cigarettes can mimic the sensation of having eaten. The findings have suggested that the nicotine does have an appetite suppressing component while the flavorings can satisfy the craving for something that tastes good.
That said, as many of us know, nicotine has many more affects on the body aside from appetite suppression. For this reason, medical experts still are not recommending that people use these devices as a type of dieting tool. While research has suggested that vaping may help people to quit their cigarette smoking habit, these devices do still contain an addictive drug. This means that at the same time that some smokers transition away from cigarettes to quit with e-cigs, dieters could end up doing the opposite and get hooked on nicotine as they try to trim their waistlines.
What some scientists are suggesting, however, is that cigarette smokers may find it easier to quit their habit without experiencing the common weight gain side effect if they transition their way off regular cigarettes by vaping.
According to Massey University’s Professor Marewa Glover of New Zealand, obesity is an extremely serious problem. In fact, it will soon take over as the top cause of early death from preventable disease away from cigarette smoking. Vaping could help smokers to kill two birds with one stone by quitting smoking and avoiding weight gain and obesity risks at the same time. Avoiding weight gain, said Glover, is nearly as important as quitting smoking as obesity increases a person’s risk of cancer risks, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Flavored e-cigarettes could therefore help with weight management in smoking cessation. However, vaping is still not recommended for dieters who aren’t also quitting smoking as this would only replace one set of health risks with another one. If you don’t currently smoke cigarettes, it may be better to try weight loss pills instead.