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Do exercise interventions help people quit smoking

Ussher MH, Taylor A, Faulkner G
Published Online: 
18 January 2012

Exercise is routinely recommended as an aid to smoking cessation by specialist clinics and self-help materials. Fifteen trials have compared an exercise programme plus a smoking cessation programme, or an exercise programme alone, to a cessation programme alone or a cessation programme plus a health education programme, among smokers who were motivated to quit. Since these studies used different types of exercise programmes, and varied in the duration of follow up, the results were not combined. In one study with a difference in quit rates of borderline significance, the exercise component more than doubled the likelihood of not smoking after 12 months.