46 million Americans (1 of 4 adults) smoke. Nearly all started
smoking before age 20. In addition, 6 million teenagers smoke
in the US.
average weight gain after someone quits smoking is 4-10 lbs (9-22
CNN (Jan 10, 2009)
One of the primary reasons of weight gain after smoking cessation
is that when nicotine is no consumed, T3 levels decrease since
nicotine increases the conversion of T4
Risk of Disease
Cigarette smoking increases risk for cardiovascular disease
and lung cancer. Those who smoke 1 pack per day have a five fold
increase risk of sudden death (death with 1 hour in an asymptomatic
or an apparently clinical stable individual) as compared to non-smokers.
The excessive risk of cardiovascular disease is reduced within
2 years of quitting smoking.
ACSM (2001), ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for
Exercise Testing and Prescription, 4th ed.
Life Expectancy Cost
A smoker can expect to lose 5 minutes and 30 seconds of life
expectancy for every cigarette they smoke.
Quitting Smoking with Help
Percent of smokers remaining non-smokers for one year
Quit without aid
Quit using nicotine patch
Quit using Bupropion