Kicking It

Exercise can help teens quit smoking

Giving up Cigarettes isn't easy for any smoker, but it can be particularly tough for teenagers who battle not only addiction but also pressure from their peers to light up.

Now a study conducted in West Virginia, where teen-smoking rates are among the highest in the country, suggests there might be a way to make kids' efforts easier--by adding exercise to a traditional smoking-cessation program.

Most antismoking programs are only about 25% successful in teens, but the study found that students who increased their physical activity while participating in a 10-week quit program were up to three times as likely to...

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