Fact or Fiction: Quitting Smoking

Want to quit smoking? Here's what you need to know if you want to stay quit for good (11 Photos)

Arricca Elin SanSone on Aug 17, 2012 at 11:25AM

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Fact or Fiction: Quitting Smoking

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Fiction: Quitting Will Make You Gain a Lot of Weight

It’s unclear why some people gain weight when they quit. Metabolic changes might be the culprit, or maybe instead of lighting a cigarette you grab a snack. But most people typically gain less than 10 pounds. “The truth is that even with a modest weight gain, you’re better off smoke-free,” says Charles Cutler, M.D., an internal medicine specialist in private practice in Philadelphia. “You’ll live longer, [have a] better quality of life and you can work on the weight later. Quitting smoking is much tougher. Do the hard part first.”

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