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Former male smokers roughly 8 lbs heavier than men who have never smoked
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Men who used to smoke cigarettes are an average of 8 pounds heavier than men who never smoked or men who currently smoke according to a study from Germany. Women who used to smoke were found to be no heavier on average than women who had never smoked. MEN: Former smokers vs current smokers vs never smoked: BMI 26.4 vs 25.3 vs 25.2
Former male smokers had an average body mass index (BMI) of 26.4 compared to 25.3 for current male smokers and 25.2 for men who never smoked.
WOMEN: Current smokers roughly 3.5 lbs lighter
Women who currently smoked were roughly 3.5 pounds lighter than women who had never smoked (BMI of 23.8 versus 24.4).
John U, Meyer C, Rumpf H, Schumann A, Dilling H, Hapke U. No considerable long-term weight gain after smoking cessation: evidence from a prospective study. Eur J Cancer Prev. 2005 Jun, 14(3):289-95.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
1University of Greifswald, Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, Medical Faculty, Walther-Rathenau-Str. 48, D-17487 Greifswald, Germany 2University of Lubeck, Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Ratzeburger Allee 160, D-23538 Lubeck, Germany.
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