Is smoking tobacco a reasonable approach to weight management in adolescents and adults with obesity?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Smoking tobacco reduces appetite and is used by many adults and some teenagers to prevent or limit weight gain. The deleterious consequences of smoking clearly outweigh the benefits achieved by weight control, and all children and adolescents should be urged never to smoke. Measures to prevent excessive weight gain should be undertaken in obese adolescents who discontinue smoking.


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