26 Sep '11, 1pm

Teen Exercise Discourages Smoking

Teen Exercise Discourages Smoking

I still have those friends that started smoking when they were teenagers and were never able to kick the habit. It's sad to think the mistakes that we made when were so young could bring early death. Smoking is like walking on a health tightrope and for many teens by the time they realize their mistake, they’re addicted and can’t kick the habit. According to an article in Reuters , teen exercise may actually discourage smoking. A new study in the journal Pediatrics found that teen smoking cessation programs may be aided by an emphasis on exercise because it helps with withdrawal symptoms and takes the edge off. The rate of success was 10 percent higher when exercise and advice on exercise were added to traditional smoking cessation programs, going from 21 percent to 31 percent. In boys, the rate went from 18 percent to 37 percent when exercise was added. And it’s really si...

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