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How much weight do you gain when you quit smoking?

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While it’s true your weight can go up once you quit smoking, it’s not an automatic result of quitting. While many smokers do put on some weight once they quit, it’s usually pretty small: less than 10 pounds. It's a lot more dangerous to keep smoking than to put on a few pounds.

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association: “How Can I Avoid Weight Gain When I Stop Smoking?”

American Cancer Society: “Staying Tobacco-free After You Quit Smoking.”

Mayo Clinic: “Why is weight gain common after you quit smoking? What can I do to avoid it?”

Smokefree.gov: “Managing Portion Size.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association: “How Can I Avoid Weight Gain When I Stop Smoking?”

American Cancer Society: “Staying Tobacco-free After You Quit Smoking.”

Mayo Clinic: “Why is weight gain common after you quit smoking? What can I do to avoid it?”

Smokefree.gov: “Managing Portion Size.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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