It's true that the nicotine in tobacco products reduces your appetite
and perks you up when you feel your energy level drop because of hunger. But
those effects don't last long, and before you know it, you're hungry
Using smoking to maintain a lower body weight has other drawbacks.
Smoking does nothing for your muscle tone. You might weigh less, but you won't
have the toned muscles or the increased energy that comes with maintaining a
lower weight through exercise and eating right.
If you smoke, you've likely heard the pleas from friends and family to quit.
You probably know that smoking makes heart
disease, stroke, cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and other killers more likely. You might
even know that smoking is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the U.S. and
But knowing about long-term risks may not be enough to nudge you to quit,
especially if you're young. It can be hard to feel truly frightened by
illnesses that may strike decades later. And...