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Big Tobacco Uses Artificial Chemicals to Make Smokers Lose Weight!

by Tanya Thomas on April 26, 2011 at 9:19 AM
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 Big Tobacco Uses Artificial Chemicals to Make Smokers Lose Weight!

Wondering why people often gain weight after quitting smoking? It is because of appetite-suppressing chemicals used in cigarettes.

According to internal industry documents dating from 1949 to 1999, British and American tobacco companies deliberately added powerful appetite-suppressing chemicals to cigarettes to attract people worried about their weight.

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Chemical additives are just one of several strategies successfully used by tobacco companies over the past 50 years to convince people that smoking makes you thin.

The presence of appetite-suppressing chemicals could help explain why smokers who quit often gain weight, according to Swiss researchers in the European Journal of Public Health.
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They have called for stricter rules on tobacco additives amid suggestions that sensitive documents are being removed from databases by the industry to avoid disclosure.

"We don't know if appetite-suppressing molecules are still added, because compliance with additive regulations is poor and sensitive internal documents are usually shredded," the Independent quoted Professor David Hammond, a tobacco industry expert at Waterloo University, Ontario, Canada, as saying.

Source: ANI
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