Working Off Smoking

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Being more physically active may help teens become less active smokers. Researchers saw this in astudy of 233 teenage smokers who reported little physical activity. Kimberly Horn of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services says teens who were more physically active did better at cutting back or quitting. And she says it doesn’t have to be intense activity:

“Increasing the number of days in which they get just 20 minutes of exercise – which can be as simple as a walk – may increase a teen’s chances of quitting smoking.”

The greatest benefit went to active teens in an intensive quit-smoking program.

The study in the Journal of Adolescent Health was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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