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Your weight or your life.

That’s what it may come to for some individuals who – finally – decide to quit smoking traditional cigarettes, many with the aid of vaping. One of the biggest hurdles to those wishing to quit was the aftermath, the “inevitable” weight gain experienced by millions. Additional weight may develop, but it’s still healthier for you, according to The Daily Telegraph.

“Regardless of the amount of weight gain, quitters always have a lower risk of dying (prematurely),” Dr. Qi Sun said of a Harvard University smoking study confirming the statement. One of the study’s authors, Sun serves as a researcher at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard.

Harvard recently ended a decades-long study, concluding individuals who gained weight after quitting were still at 50 percent lower risk of premature death from heart disease and other risks attributed to consistent nicotine intake, according to the article.

That’s not to say healthy eating and drinking and engaging in daily exercise should be completely ignored. On the contrary. Nicotine is known to suppress a person’s appetite and jolt one’s metabolism. That’s one reason why it’s so common for former smokers to eat more and exercise infrequently, leading to weight gain and an increased risk of becoming a diabetic.

The Harvard University smoking study, which was published by the New England Journal of Medicine, developed data by maintaining consistent contact with more than 170,000 individuals for about 20 years. Every two years, the subjects of the study answered health questions.

By studying the data, the evidence became striking on how many people developed diabetes over time. Among the analyzed data, individuals who quit smoking, 22 percent developed diabetes within six years of ditching the smokes, the Daily Telegraph reported.

If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

But, according to the study, it’s still healthier than continuing to smoke nicotine-based cigarettes.

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