Quitting smoking may lead to more weight gain than thought

July 11, 2012 3:09:26 PM PDT
A new study finds people who quit smoking gain more weight than previously thought.

The study found a weight gain of, on average, about eight to 11 pounds the first year, usually occurring within the first three months, but experts say the benefits of quitting still outweigh any concerns over this slight rise on the scale.

The study is published online in bmj.com.

It concluded that previous research on smoking and weight gain underestimated the effects.