The drug is called Rimonabant and it blocks what's known as the "endo-kuh-nab-i-noid system" in the brain. Overeating and smoking both over-stimulate this system, which creates a vicious cycle that causes people to eat and smoke more. But by blocking the body's ability to receive these signals, experts hope they can return the system's working to normal.
Smoking is the number one killer and is being overtaken by obesity and inactivity. The two problems combined kill over 800,000 people a year, and a similar pattern is developing worldwide.
Doctors believe that while good living habits should still be the foundation of good health, this new pill could be an important boost for people who can't succeed through willpower alone.
When we get more information on Rimonabant, I'll be sure to pass it along.