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Planning to quit smoking? Running can help you tackle nicotine withdrawal symptoms

A new study done on mice reveals that exercise, such as running, can reduce the effects of nicotine dependence and withdrawal.

fitness Updated: Dec 21, 2017 09:47 IST
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Exercise has a protective effect against nicotine dependence and withdrawal. (Shutterstock)

Here’s another reason why you should quit smoking and start running instead. New research on mice sheds light on the mechanism underlining exercise’s protective effect against nicotine dependence and withdrawal. Previous studies had also shown that running groups could help smokers quit the habit.

The study reveals that exercise during nicotine exposure markedly reduces the severity of nicotine withdrawal symptoms, an effect that is accompanied by increased activation of a7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (which are targets of nicotine) in the hippocampal region of the brain.

“The findings support the protective effect of exercise preceding smoking cessation against the development of physical dependence, which may aid smoking cessation by reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms,” said senior author Dr Alexis Bailey, of St George’s University of London. The findings have been published in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

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First Published: Dec 21, 2017 09:46 IST