Potential new target for smoking cessation without weight gain – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Through tobacco use, nicotine is one of the most heavily used addictive drugs and the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the U.S. But despite the well-documented health costs of smoking, many smokers find it very difficult to quit. Dr. Nora Volkow, an institute director at NIH adds that some relapse.
Volkow: One of the reasons why women relapse into smoking behavior is because once they stop smoking they gain weight.
Narrator: Four out of five people who stop smoking gain weight, usually less than 10 pounds; but the fear of weight gain can be very discouraging. Learn more at www.drugabuse.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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