Exercise Helps Some Teens Quit Smoking

If you’re trying to help your teenage son quit smoking, try athletics.

Male teen smokers are more likely to quit if they exercise in addition to participating in a smoking cessation program, according to a study that will be published in the October issue of the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers recruited 223 male and female teenagers who smoke for the study. Overall, girls quit more successfully with a smoking cessation program, according to a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

But boys were four times more likely to drop the habit if they exercised and attended the program.

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