Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Bit of Exercise Can Control Smoking Habit

A new study was published online on April 9th current year in the Journal of Adolescent Health. It reveals that a small amount of exercise daily can help to get rid of smoking.

 233 high school students from 19 schools in West Virginia participated in this study. They were all daily smokers, with a one half to one pack of cigarettes a day.


 According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 13% of individuals under the age of 18 in the state smoke. This ranks West Virginia near the top in terms of the number of smokers across the nation.

 Most teenagers who smoke also practice other unhealthy habits.

 "It is not unusual for teenage smokers to engage in other unhealthy habits. Smoking and physical inactivity, for example, often go together," study lead author Kimberly Horn, associate dean for research at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, in Washington, D.C., said in a university news release.

 The teenagers in the study were divided into 3 groups. The group who increased their daily physical activity by 20 minutes with exercise equivalent to a short walk, greatly lowered the number of cigarettes they smoked. Besides this, they took part in a smoking cessation program during the same period. The researchers say the study suggests that exercise can help teenagers who are trying to get rid of smoking. Other reports show that people have just naturally lost the taste for cigarettes after undergoing a cleansing diet.

 For instance, the organic diet has helped people to quit smoking in a casual, natural way. One theory is that as the body cleanses at a rapid rate from mostly water-based foods it loses its ability to handle the cigarette smoke.

 Cigarettes (exactly like soda and beer) are tough to take the first few times and for good reason. The human body yields to the foreign material and normally gets used to it. So it seems that a cleanse brings back the natural desire to keep away the toxic substances.

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