Center for Addiction Medicine

Smoking Cessation Benefits Persist in Spite of Weight Gain in Patients with Mental Illness

The weight gain that can result from quitting smoking does not eliminate the reduction in cardiovascular risks associated with smoking cessation among patients with serious mental illness, at least not during the first year. A report from a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-based research team, published online in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry  describes the results of a one-year trial, though authors say they cannot rule out future health risks associated with continuing weight gain. Learn more in a press release from MGH.