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Does Smoking Make You Slimmer?

No, actually studies show that smokers are more likely to gain weight. A 50-month study of 7,565 people showed that smokers, and even ex-smokers, gain more weight than those who have never smoked. The study also showed that in people who quit smoking during the study, the more cigarettes they smoked before they stopped equaled more weight gain. Those who continued to smoke during the study gained more weight that the non-smokers as well.

More Smoking Facts:

  • 21 percent of Americans over the age of 18 smoke, and another 21 percent are former smokers.

  • Smoking not only won't make you skinnier, it also will give you wrinkles — and not only from puckering your lips to take a puff. Nicotine causes a reaction in the body that narrows blood vessels, resulting in less oxygen and fewer nutrients getting to the skin.

  • Burning cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemicals, including arsenic, formaldehyde and lead.
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    More Info: Science Daily; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; American Lung Association

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    dill1971
    Post 2

    @alex94- I found myself in the same situation. After I stopped smoking, I started eating twice as much. I gained over 50 pounds in 8 months. I am blessed to have a wonderful doctor who helped me with a diet regimen and other ways to occupy my mind and my time.

    alex94
    Post 1

    I know that there are not really any comments on here but I felt the need to address this topic. I smoked for over 20 years and finally used Cymbalta to help me quit. Whereas, I was successful in quitting and haven't had a cigarette in over 5 months, I have gained 32 pounds.

    I guess it is a decision that each person has to make. We all know the dangers of smoking so I am okay with having the extra weight. The weight gain was not directly from my quitting smoking. It was from nervous energy. Every time I wanted to smoke, I found myself eating instead. That was just my own weakness.

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