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Study: Your Period Doesn?t Make It Harder To Quit Smoking

June 11, 2012

So apparently there's an old wives' tale that says it's harder for women to quit smoking because they a) don't want to gain weight, and b) their period makes the withdrawal symptoms particularly unbearable. The former reasoning seems plausible; quitting smoking can cause weight gain both because cigarettes speed your metabolism (and therefore, ditching them can slow it down), and because a lot of quitters use snacks to sate their oral fixation. But the latter seems like a too-common case of everyone blaming female emotions on menstruation that we're just not buying. And according to a new study, science isn't either. More »

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