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Exercise May Help Smokers Quit

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Smoking Cessation

According to Austrian researchers, exercise-training therapy is an effective smoking cessation aid without side effects. The new study examined whether exercise-based interventions combined with a smoking cessation program are more effective than a cessation program alone.

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Sixty-eight smokers participated and were randomly given either nicotine replacement therapy or nicotine replacement therapy with exercise training for three months. Forced expiratory volume (FEV1) and exhaled carbon monoxide were measured.

While significant cigarette cessation was achieved in both groups, 80 percent in exercise training quit smoking, compared with 52 percent in the nicotine replacement therapy group.

Researchers conclude that exercise training together with nicotine replacement therapy is feasible and aid smoking cessation.