Avoid weight gain

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The health benefits of quitting smoking far outweigh the risks of gaining a few extra pounds when you quit.

About 4 out of 5 people who quit smoking gain a little weight, usually under 10 pounds. It’s important to remember that this weight can be lost. In fact, with your lungs clear of smoke, you might shed pounds quicker than you expect with regular exercise.

What can I do?

Many people lose the weight they gain after quitting, usually within a year. If you want to quit but are concerned about your weight, see our section on dealing with weight gain after quitting.

If you’re trying to quit, learn how to cope with cravings and handle withdrawal.

Remember: Even if you gain some weight, the health benefits you gain will outweigh the extra pounds.

Reviewed by: Craig Robbins, MD, November 2018