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Non-Smokers Gain Less Weight
Many people think that smoking helps you stay thin. Gives you lung cancer... but keeps you thin. Well, it seems that's not the case. Researchers at the University of Navarra examined 7,565 people over 50 months and found that active smokers and those who used to smoke put on more pounds over the years than lifelong non-smokers.
For those who stopped smoking during the study and gained weight, the amount of weight they gained was correlated to the amount of cigarettes they smoked when the study began: The more cigarettes they smoked, the more weight they gained. But what's really interesting is that people who continued smoking during the study gained more weight than those who didn't smoke at all.
FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (2010, April 23). Non-smokers put on less weight, study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100422102941.htm