Quit Smoking and Stay Slim

Quitting tobacco exposure for cancer prevention should be intuitive, but it’s not an easy proposition, especially since 3/4 people gain weight, and many of the x-smokers become diabetic when they quit smoking. So here’s what we can do to help.

  1. ASK your physician regarding options, discuss what you have tried, discussed what you think may work
  2. Take Your Physician’s advice, even though you might gain weight, and even though you might get diabetes you are still less likely to get cardiovascular disease if you quit smoking, so you really should try to quit.
  3. Seek out resources on line such as self help workbooks, brochures, and books, but you can quit, don’t let worry deter you.
  4. Do consider the use nicotine replacement products such as patches, gums, etc
  5. Do consider medication strategies such as buproprion and varenicline; even nortriptyline and cytion have worked
  6. Address your smoking with behavioral strategies
  7. E-cigarettes are not necessarily the best alternatives and may not reduce your cancer risk very much as they do have toxins and carcinogens present in combustible tobacco cigarettes
  8. Walking alone is important as an activity, but it’s not enough activity to combat the post smoking weight gain, you have to add more intense weights and cardio. Consider getting a trainer.
  9. You need to improve your balance, as increased falls are noted in people who begin their first serious exercise in menopausal years.


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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