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Continuous smoking cessation was associated with weight gain

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To determine the effects of continuous and point prevalence smoking cessation on weight gain, and the characteristics of people at risk of weight gain after cessation.


12 month cohort study of volunteers who participated in a cognitive behavioural smoking cessation study group.




196 participants (mean age 44 years, 62% women) who completed all 8 group sessions; attended 1 month, 6 month, and 12 month follow up sessions; and met criteria for classification into 1 of 3 smoking status groups: continuously smoking (self reported smoking or carbon monoxide [CO] concentrations ≥ 10 parts per million [ppm] at each follow up) (n=118); continuously abstinent (no self reported smoking and CO concentrations < 10 ppm at …

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  • Sources of funding: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the state of Tennessee.

  • For article reprint: Dr R C Klesges, University of Memphis, Universities Prevention Center, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119, USA. Fax +1 901 767 1350.