women who believe smoking helps control weight are less likely
than other female smokers to try quitting in response to
higher cigarette prices and anti-smoking messages, a new study
found that concerns about weight are a significant barrier to
quitting among U.K. smokers and U.S. female smokers who
believe smoking helps them manage weight," said lead
author Ce Shang, of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
analyzed data from about 10,000 smokers in the United States,
Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom who took part in
surveys conducted between 2002 and 2007.
percent increase in cigarette prices was associated with a 6
percent rise in attempts to quit among female smokers in the
United States who did not believe that smoking helps control
weight. But no significant increase in attempts to quit was
seen among those who thought smoking keeps weight down, the
And a 10
percent increase in exposure to anti-smoking messages was
associated with a 12 percent increase in attempts to quit
among female U.S. smokers who did not believe that smoking
helps control weight, but no increase in quit attempts among
those who thought smoking helped control weight.
patterns were seen among smokers in the United Kingdom but not
among male or female smokers in Australia or Canada, according
to the study published online recently in the journal Tobacco
should take weight concerns into account to enhance the
effectiveness of existing policies that promote quitting
smoking," said Shang, a senior research specialist in the
university’s Institute for Health Research and Policy.
pointed out that heavy smokers are more likely to be
overweight than those who smoke less, "so the idea that
smoking helps control weight is really unfounded."