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Smoking increases metabolism
Wednesday, December 08, 2010 6:48 am Email this article
High-nicotine cigarettes increase metabolism more than low nicotine cigarettes according to one study. Resting metabolism increased 6.8 percent after one cigarette of either the high (1.74 mg nicotine) or low nicotine (0.8 mg). However, after several cigarettes metabolism increased more with the high-nicotine cigarettes than the low ones -- an increase in metabolism of of 9.8% versus 5.9 percent.
This effect on metabolism is why smokers weigh less than non-smokers and why they gain weight when they stop.
Collins LC, Walker J, Stamford BA. Smoking Multiple High- Versus Low-Nicotine Cigarettes: Impact on Resting Energy Expenditure. Metabolism Clinical and Experimental, Aug 1996, 45(8):923-6.
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