Smokers who quit or abstain for whatever reason do not generally turn their gaze towards mouth-watering food as normally thought. According to researchers from University at Buffalo, smoking abstinence doesn't greatly affect the motivation for food.
"We found that the motivations for cigarettes, food and water do not interact very much," said Stephen Tiffany from the university's department of psychology.
"The results suggest that smoking abstinence does not affect the motivation for food and water".
The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, used cues and actual money to learn how much smokers might spend for cigarettes, food and water during abstinence.
The results provide new insights for how different systems control motivation and reward.