Medical Q&As

Quitting smoking

What effect does quitting smoking have on a personís metabolism and weight?

Most people who give up smoking tend to gain weight and this can act as an unfortunate disincentive to give up cigarettes. People often have bigger appetites when they stop smoking and consequently they eat more. Appetite can be influenced by the senses of taste and smell both of which tend to be blunted by cigarette smoking. It is important to retain a sense of perspective on this matter. The weight gained by stopping smoking is a significantly lesser threat to health than continuing to smoke. The usual experience with such weight gain is that it stabilises and reduces again in about six months. A smoking cessation group can be a great source of consolation and support if gaining weight frustrates you.