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Will I gain weight if I quit smoking?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
One of the biggest fears that people have about quitting smoking is weight gain. On average, men gain about ten pounds within six months of quitting, and women, about eight. However, weight gain should be the very least of your worries. The dangers of smoking are far greater than the dangers of gaining six to ten pounds. Also, the weight gain is often temporary. For example, women may gain eight extra pounds within six months of quitting, but they commonly lose six within the next eighteen months. With careful planning, you can prevent weight gain altogether.
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