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Smoking's Effects on Weight Minimal

Up to one third of university women who begin smoking do so in a misguided effort to lose weight. The tobacco industry even names cigarettes ''thins'' and ''slims,'' trying to sway weight-conscious young women.

But now a new study shows that for people under 30, smoking does not prevent age-related weight gain. A seven year project followed almost 4,000 people age 18-30, and revealed no significant difference in the amount of weight gained by nonsmokers compared to those who smoked for all or part of the study's length.

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