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Increase of exercise can help teens quit smoking

By Deana DeLisio,

A recent study proves that taking a short walk can encourage teen smokers to quit smoking.

Time reported that scientists from George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services discovered that teens who increased their physical activity by a measly twenty minutes did not smoke as much.

Two hundred thirty three teen smokers were selected from nineteen high schools in West Virginia. The teens were split into two different groups where it was discovered that those who decided to move more also decided to smoke less.

The Net Doctor stated that each participant smoked about half a pack of cigarettes on the weekdays and a whole pack on both Saturday and Sundays.

“We don’t fully understand the clinical relevance of ramping up daily activity to 20 or 30 minutes a day with these teens. But we do know that even modest improvements in exercise may have health benefits. Our study supports the idea that encouraging one healthy behavior can serve to promote another, and it shows that teens, often viewed as resistant to behavior change, can tackle two health behaviors at once,” said lead study author Kimberly Horn.

 
 

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