The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    The role of exercise in smoking cessation

    A literature review by Dr. Guy Faulkner from the University of Toronto reveals that adding exercise to standard care (counseling and/or nicotine replacement therapy) increases short-term smoking abstinence.

    Unfortunately, the evidence is not good for long-term abstinence. A Cochrane review concluded, “only one of 11 trials offered evidence for exercise aiding smoking cessation at a 12-month follow up.”

    But wait, there’s more.

    • Low-moderate exercise reduces symptoms of smoking withdrawal and cravings
    • Just five minutes of moderate exercise results in more relief from cigarette cravings (both during and after physical activity sessions) than light or no physical activity
    • Exercise lessens cravings triggered by cues such as a lit cigarette

    What to do?

    Here are Dr. Faulkner’s recommendations, based on the published evidence and interviews with experts.

    • Start an exercise program two to four weeks before quitting smoking
    • Make exercise an integral part of smoking cessation treatment
    • The exercise program should be structured
    • Supervised exercise (get a partner or trainer) leads to better adherence and early success

    It’s not easy to stop smoking. Hopefully, this information will help. Good luck.

    8/20/06 12:00 JR

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