Proven: Ex-smokers gain weight
A recent study shows that people who quit traditional stopping (tobacco) does indeed thicken and there is little they can do about it. The first year after stopping, the ex-smokers gain in average 11 lbs (5 kg). After eight years, this would be up to 20 lbs (9 kg).
The average weight gain in eight years for non-smokers is 4.5 lbs (2 kg). The reason can be explained as ex-smokers still have the habit to cram something in the mouth. And usually they eat candy or other treats.
Medicines to help stopping such as nicotine replacement patches and anti-depressants have only a temporary beneficial effect because after using these drugs, ex-smokers get the weights back.
The only thing that really helps is a good information about weight and nutrition. If this is also coupled with adequate exercises and sports there is almost no weight gain.
Electronic cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe
Another solution is to switch to the electronic cigarette and then slowly lower the nicotine levels, so our body can slowly get used to it. Once you smoke without nicotine, you can also work on the reduction of the customs and habits.
We would like to emphasize that despite the extra weight gain, it is much healthier to quit smoking. Continuing smoking tobacco is many times worse for your health and longevity. It's also bad for your cholesterol.