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A 32-year-old member asked:

Do you tend to lose or gain weight after quitting smoking?

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Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Pulmonology 36 years experience
Gain: Smoking causes suppression of apetite, then once stopped apetite increases along with anxiety.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Why do you gain weight after quitting smoking?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 44 years experience
Nicotine is a poison: Nicotine is a metabolic poison, leading the body to waste one third of the calories ingested. So after quitting, the body uses all of the calories that used to be wasted, and weight is gained. In addition, nicotine suppresses appetite.
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