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iVillage.com: 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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