A brief research report on the benefits of exercise for smoking cessation

How exercise is key to successfully quitting smoking reports on research that finds that even moderate intensity exercise “markedly” reduces the severity of nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Researchers theorize that exercise helps by increasing the activation of a brain receptor that is the target of nicotine, based on research using mice. There is other research evidence that supports the benefits of exercise to help cope with nicotine withdrawal, but the authors caution, “the mechanisms mediating this effect are unclear.” This article was posted by the science daily blog on 12-21-17.