Worry over excessive weight gain could delay smoking cessation

A meta-analysis of 62 studies found that most weight gain occurred in the first three months of quitting. There was also a large variation in weight change, with 16% of quitters losing weight and 13% gaining more than 10kg.

The authors said 2.9kg was often quoted in smoking cessation literature.

An accompanying editorial co-authored by a public health expert at the University of Sydney, Professor Simon Chapman, said headlines shouting that quitting smoking caused weight gain could result in many people delaying cessation.

The Heart Foundation also said it was concerned that women, in