Those Who Quit Smoking Usually Gain 10 Pounds
Analysis finds higher-than-expected figure
By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2012 2:45 PM CDT
The average cigarette quitter gains about 10 pounds in a year.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Congrats on quitting smoking… but beware of cupcakes. A new study shows ex-smokers typically gain 9 to 11 pounds within 12 months of quitting, reports Medical News Today. That's higher than previous estimates, but the researchers also make it very clear: The big benefits of quitting cigarettes far outweigh any possible downsides from packing on some extra weight.

French and British scientists analyzed 62 studies on the correlation between smoking cessation and weight gain and found that the bulk of the weight, about 6 and a half pounds, is packed on in the first three cigarette-free months. By the end of the year, it's closer to 10 and a half. Still, "modest weight gain does not increase the risk of death," conclude the researchers. "Smoking does."

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Jul 13, 2012 6:06 PM CDT
I quit cold turkey a few months ago. Didn't gain but have lost 7lbs. Did go through 2 bags of tootsie pops though. Every once in awhile I still want a cigarette but it is getting less and less all the time.
Jul 12, 2012 7:23 AM CDT
Not me, I lost 15 lbs. When I quit over 30 years ago I was smoking 2.5 packs a day. I quit because of constant sinus infections. I went into severe withdraw (quit cold turkey) and my withdraw pains were very much like hunger pains (I guess that may be a reason some people put on weight). Took a lot of B12(stress vitamin), ate carrot sticks and celery sticks to satisfy the "hunger" pains but didn't realize I was actually ignoring real hunger pains. Hence the the 15 lb loss. Quitting cold turkey, I believe, is still the best way to go. First couple of weeks are rough, but it gets easier.
Jul 11, 2012 7:33 PM CDT
Pudgy is better than stinky