SAN ANTONIO - It's an excuse many smokers give for not kicking the habit - fear of weight gain.
It turns out they're right.
A new study found smokers gained about 10 pounds in the year after they quit smoking.
Still, doctors say modest weight gain is healthier than continuing smoking.
Researchers said most smokers lose the weight after a few years.
And here's something to keep in mind: smoking has been proven to increase the risk of death while minor weight gain has not.