Physical Activity May Help Teens Quit Smoking
Despite the extensive research demonstrating the dangers of smoking, approximately 20% of teens continue to light up. They know the potential for disease and even death, but they make the choice regardless.
A report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics examined the benefit of adding physical activity to other teen smoking cessation programs. In their report, the AAP found that those teens who included physical activity “had greater likelihood of cessation at 6 months.” This was particularly seen with boys.
Why teens smoke is hard to answer. Getting teens to quit is more than just information. Encouraging teens to participate in sports, physical fitness and other forms of physical activity is one way to help them make the decision to quit.