Scientists are developing a pill that helps people quit smoking and slim down at the same time.

The drug, rimonabant, works by blocking the circuits in the brain that control the urge to eat and smoke.

Obesity and smoking have become two of the world’s biggest killers, and are being targeted for action in the UK.

The makers, French firm Sanofi-Synthelabo, hope to market the drug next year.

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