Exercising To Beat Smoking Addiction

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Exercise is more and more becoming a component of many treatment programs and has shown effectiveness, in combination with cognitive-behavioral therapy, for supporting smoking cessation.

Exercise may put forth positive effects by addressing physiological and psychosocial needs that nicotine replacement single-handedly does not; reducing stress; attenuating negative affect; and helping prevent weight gain following cessation.

Research is currently under way to determine if and how exercise programs can play a similar function in the healing of other forms of addiction and drug abuse.

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