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Quitting Smoking: Dealing With Weight Gain

Many people worry about gaining weight when they quit smoking. Some people don't gain any weight, while others do. But keep your focus on quitting. After you are confident of not relapsing, you can deal with losing any weight you may have gained.

If you do start to gain weight, there are steps you can take.

The important thing is to quit smoking. The minute you quit, you'll be starting a much healthier life.

  • Smoking is much worse for your health than gaining a few pounds.
  • If you try to lose weight at the same time that you try to quit smoking, you will probably have a harder time quitting. So deal with quitting first. Then deal with weight gain later.
  • While you are trying to quit, focus on eating healthy foods and being more active.

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Citations

  1. Eisenberg D, Quinn BC (2006). Estimating the effect of smoking cessation on weight gain: An instrumental variable approach. Health Services Research, 41(6): 2255–2266.

Other Works Consulted

  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (2010). You Can Control Your Weight as You Quit Smoking (NIH Publication No. 03-4159). Bethesda, MD: Weight-Control Information Network. Also available online: http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/smoking.htm.

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010). Cardiovascular diseases. In How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General, chap. 6. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also available online: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/tobaccosmoke/report/index.html.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
Last RevisedJuly 6, 2011

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Last Updated: July 06, 2011
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