Smoking, body weight, and their effects on smoking behavior: a comprehensive review of the literature

Psychol Bull. 1989 Sep;106(2):204-30. doi: 10.1037/0033-2909.106.2.204.


This article provides a comprehensive review of the research on smoking and body weight. The relationships between smoking and body weight are evaluated in 70 cross-sectional and longitudinal investigations. The mechanisms responsible for differences in body weight are discussed, the weight-related issues that promote smoking behavior are reviewed, methods for reducing postcessation weight gain are summarized, and future research directions are proposed. A proposed working research model for studying the relationship between smoking, energy balance, and weight gain is offered. It is concluded that smoking and body weight relationships are closely related and pose significant challenges for smoking researchers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Weight*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Smoking / physiopathology*
  • Smoking / therapy