We all know that smoking is bad for your health. It’s an unavoidable truth when you see graphic ads on television and hear constant warnings from your doctor. Unfortunately, many women choose to ignore the risks and continue lighting up because they fear that weight gain would be inevitable if they stopped using cigarettes.
According to a new study published at WebMD, women sometimes continue smoking simply because they fear weight gain. Lead author Ce Shang from University of Illinois at Chicago explained that there is a long standing myth that cigarettes keep you thin. Women still believe this even today and they actually would rather risk cancer or heart disease than to get fat from giving up their smokes.
Shang said that after surveying 10,000 smokers, it was clear that women had a serious phobia about weight gain. “We found that concerns about weight are a significant barrier to quitting among UK smokers and US female smokers who believe smoking helps them manage weight.”
Even though today’s women have a 10 percent increase in their exposure to anti-tobacco ads, many are afraid to quit. In fact, Shang said the women who didn’t believe cigarettes helped control their weight were 12 percent more likely to try to stop smoking.
This new information is definitely eye opening for policy makers. Shang said it’s time to focus our attention on dispelling myths if we ever want women to walk away from tobacco once and for all. “Policy makers should take weight concerns into account to enhance the effectiveness of existing policies that promote quitting smoking,” Shang said. “The idea that smoking helps control weight is really unfounded.”
While the researchers didn’t involve electronic cigarette users, many vapers have found that ecigs are the key to conquering fear of weight gain. Because eliquids come in a variety of flavors ranging from chocolate to coffee to cotton candy, women can find their favorite flavors in ecigs rather than resorting to food when they give up tobacco.
Ultimately, staying thin is never worth risking your health. Smoking is dangerous and it’s time for women to hear the truth. What has your experience with weight been after giving up cigarettes? Did your weight fluctuate when you switched to vaping?