"Cigarette smoking kills more than a thousand Americans every day, and while the large majority of smokers want to quit, less than 5 percent are able to do it without help,"the Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, in Providence, said in a news release from the Lifespan health system.
The participant are 25 male and female smokers between the ages of 18 and 65 who had smoked at least five cigarettes per day for the past year or more.The participants were counseled on quitting smoking for 15 to 20 minutes and given an eight-week supply of the nicotine patch, before being randomized into two groups, the authors noted.
First Group asked to complete two one-hour full-body resistance training sessions involving 10 exercises each week for 12 weeks. The intensity of the training program was also increased every three weeks
The second group of smokers ("controls") simply watched a brief health and wellness video twice a week.After 12-week regimen, 16 percent of smokers in the weight-lifting group had successfully quit smoking, according to the study published in the August issue of the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. As an added bonus, they had also lost body weight and body fat.
And only 8 percent of the smokers in the control group had quit, and they had also gained both weight and body fat, the results showed.