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Exercise Ups Kids' Quit-Smoking Success Rate
Date:9/19/2011

erous studies on what's effective in smoking cessation for adults, there hasn't been much written about teens quitting. One program that has been designed for teens is called Not on Tobacco, or N-O-T. This program involves counseling on healthy lifestyles, getting support and managing stress.

For the current study, the researchers randomly selected teens from different schools to one of three groups: the N-O-T group, N-O-T plus physical activity (N-O-T + FIT) and a group that was given a brief intervention. The brief intervention group was given about 15 minutes of smoking cessation advice. The N-O-T group was given a brief counseling session at the start of the study, and then teens were offered a group session once a week. The N-O-T + FIT group were offered everything available to the N-O-T group, plus a log book and a pedometer to record their daily steps. They also received an additional five minutes of encouragement each week.

At the start of the study, the teens were averaging a half a pack of cigarettes on weekdays and a pack a day on the weekends, according to the study.

The researchers recorded quit rates at three months and six months (defined as having quit for seven days). At three months, the self-reported smoking status was confirmed with carbon monoxide validation. The researchers did not have sufficient funding to repeat the validation test at six months.

At six months, almost 16 percent of the teens in the brief intervention group said they weren't smoking. More than 21 percent of the teens in the N-O-T group reported quitting, and 31 percent of the teens in the N-O-T + FIT group were still not smoking.

"There's a lot about smoking and adolescents that's very different than smoking and adults. Teens pick up smoking for a whole variety of reasons. Smoking may be the norm in your peer group, or you may be dating someone who smokes. Smoking may be a way to rebel against parents. Nicotine addiction often isn't the driving
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