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  • In the long term, the average body weight of people who have quit smoking is similar to that of people who have never smoked.
  • The causes of weight gain after quitting smoking may include: the effect of nicotine withdrawal on the body (such as a slower metabolism, and the feeling of hunger pangs), increased hunger, comfort eating or replacing one hand-to-mouth action with another.
  • You would have to gain over 40 kilograms above your recommended weight to equal the risk of heart disease posed by smoking. 

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Reviewed on: 29-01-2019