Exercise could help smokers kick the habit

August 24, 2012 (CHICAGO)

A new review of 19 studies suggests a bit of exercise generally helped hopeful quitters tamp down their nicotine cravings.

Exactly why is not clear.

But one possibility is that exercise serves as a distraction.

Being active might also boost people's mood so that they do not have as great a need to feel better by smoking.

Whether that all translates into a greater chance of quitting though is unclear.

There is more on this in the journal Addiction.

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