Exercise boosts smoking quit-rate says survey

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A small study in Austria has suggested that smokers who regularly exercise while trying to quit might be more successful than sedentary smokers.

The two groups of 34 patients who took part in the study at an Austrian hospital were both using nicotine replacement therapy patches or nicotine gum.

After three months, four out of five of those in the exercise group had managed to stop smoking, compared to only about half of the sedentary group.

The remaining fifth of the exercising smokers who had not given up were more likely to have cut the number of cigarettes they smoked, and scored higher on respiratory tests.

The study is published in the American College of Chest Physicians and was conducted at the Otto Wagner Hospital and Lainz Hospital in Austria.

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