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Brisk walk cuts cigarette craving

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A five-minute walk is enough to significantly reduce tobacco cravings, according to UK researchers.

A five-minute walk is enough to significantly reduce tobacco cravings, according to UK researchers.

Exeter University researchers reviewed 12 studies and concluded that a single bout of exercise, lasting for as little as five minutes, was sufficient to reduce cravings for a cigarette. Exercise, such as a brisk walk, also reduced withdrawal symptoms, they said.

Lead author Dr Adrian Taylor said: 'If a drug revealed the same effects it would immediately be marketed as a valuable aid to help people quit smoking or cut down.'

He added: 'People who struggle to give up smoking could make things much easier for themselves by taking just moderate exercise. Not only may it help prevent weight gain but it will also help control the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that often lead to relapse.'

Read what nurses are doing for No Smoking Day in next Tuesday's NT.

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