Smoking Cessation with Weight Gain Prevention

Status: Modest Research Support


Smoking Cessation with Weight Gain Prevention is a cognitive behavioral treatment that fosters tobacco cessation plus weight management for smokers who express some reluctance to quit because of concern about gaining weight. Treatment addresses smoking cessation first, followed by weight control. This sequential form of intervention has been found to produce a rate of smoking cessation comparable to treatment addressing tobacco alone, but with less weight gain. The treatment's cessation and weight management components both incorporate cognitive behavioral elements and are usually offered in a group format. The weight management component also includes the use of meal replacements and physical activity.

Key References (in reverse chronological order)

  • Spring, B., Pagoto, S., Pingitore, R., Doran, N., Schneider, K., & Hedeker, D. (2004). Randomized controlled trial for behavioral smoking and weight control treatment: Effect of concurrent versus sequential intervention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72(5), 785-796.

Clinical Resources

  • Spring, B. (2008) Smoking Cessation with Weight Gain Prevention: Facilitator Guide. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Spring, B. (2008) Smoking Cessation with Weight Gain Prevention: Workbook. New York: Oxford University Press
  • Spring, B. (2002) Smoking Cessation. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Behavioral Health Videotape Series.

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