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  • Smoking cessation increases calorie intake 412 calories per day, nicotine patch reduces 513 calories

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    Tuesday, August 10, 2010 7:22 am Email this article
    Six weeks after stopping smoking, calorie intake had increased by an average of 412 calories per day compared to when they were smoking according to a recent study. Nicotine patch reduced intake by 513 calories per day

    Use of a nicotine patch reduced calorie intake by an average of 513 calories per day.

    This occurred in a dose-dependent manner, that is, the higher the dose, the greater the effect.

    Nicotine patch slightly reduced weight gain: 4.2 lbs vs 4.6 lbs

    Use of a nicotine patch reduced weight gain over a six-week period—4.2 pounds versus 4.6 pounds—however, this difference was not statistically significant.

    Nicotine patch may reduce weight gain by 4-5 lbs

    Some other studies have found 4-5 pound less weight gain in those who use a nicotine patch, while several studies have found no difference.

    However, my guess is that this is only maintained for as long as the nicotine patch is used.

    Subjects: 212 smokers

    The study involved 212 smokers who smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day and had been smoking for at least a year.


    Hughes JR, Hatsukami D. Effects of three doses of transdermal nicotine on post-cessation eating, hunger and weight. J Subst Abuse. 1997, 9:151-59.


    John R. Hughes
    University of Vermont
    Department of Psychiatry
    Burlington 05401-1419, USA
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