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Longitudinal changes in weight in relation to smoking cessation in participants of the EPIC-PANACEA

Thursday, April 12, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Traviera N, Agudoa A, Mayb AM, et al. Preventive Medicine. March-April 2012;54(3-4):183-192.
This study examined the association between smoking cessation and weight change in the European population of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Physical Activity, Nutrition, Alcohol, Cessation of smoking, Eating out of home And obesity (EPIC-PANACEA) project. Data were collected from more than 300,000 participants recruited between 1992 and 2000 in nine European countries. Results showed that smoking cessation tends to be followed by weight gain. However, this weight gain tends to be focused in the first years following cessation. When smokers who quit more than one year prior to recruitment were compared to never smokers, no major differences in annual weight gain were observed. The authors conclude that promoting weight gain control as a part of a quit smoking program may help remove a barrier to smoking cessation.

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