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Exercise helps smokers kick habit

October 30, 2006|From Times wire reports

Want to quit smoking? Hit the gym.

A study released Tuesday by the American College of Chest Physicians found smokers who combine exercise with nicotine gum or transdermal patches are more likely to quit than those who rely on nicotine replacement therapy alone.

Sixty-eight patients at two Austrian hospitals were randomly assigned either a treatment program that included exercise or one that only used nicotine replacement therapy.

After three months, 80% of those who exercised had quit smoking, while 52% of those in the group that did not exercise had quit.

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