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(StudyFinds.org) – Quitting smoking is not an easy endeavor, especially when you have to stop smoking. Now, a new study finds that one of the immediate side effects of quitting cigarettes is the craving for junk food. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School say they discovered a link in the brain between a person’s nicotine addiction and bad eating habits.

The study suggests that the opioid system – the brain functions that regulate both addiction and appetite – is responsible for driving smokers to look for high-calorie foods when they are deprived of nicotine. It’s a vicious circle for people trying to quit, as cravings for junk food can lead to weight gain and in turn make people stop smoking cigarettes.