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
Those Who Quit Smoking Usually Gain 10 Pounds
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.

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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." (Read more smoking stories.)

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