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Ussher, Michael H and Faulkner, Guy and Angus, Kathryn and Hartmann-Boyce, Jamie and Taylor, Adrian H (2019) Exercise interventions for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 10, https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD002295.pub6.

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We reviewed the evidence about whether exercise helps people who want to quit smoking, or have recently stopped smoking, to stop smoking for at least six months. Taking regular exercise may help people give up smoking by helping with cigarette withdrawal and cravings, and by helping them to manage weight gain, which can be a concern among people trying to quit. 

Key results

When we combined the results of 21 studies (6607 participants) which compared exercise and smoking‐cessation programmes to smoking cessation programmes alone, there was no evidence that exercise increased quit rates at six months or longer. There was no evidence that the effect was different for different types of exercise. When we combined results from two studies (453 participants), there was no evidence that exercise helped people who had recently quit to stay quit.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Review, Article
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
Treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery
October 2019
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