Smoking can be a hard habit to break, but with a little exercise, it may get easier, especially for teens. In a new study featured on TIME, researchers recruited 233 teen smokers from 19 different schools in West Virginia to participate in a smoking cessation trial. On the average, these participants smoked a pack of cigarettes a day.

The volunteers were separated into three groups: one underwent an anti-smoking and fitness program, another joined an anti-smoking program, and the last group attended an anti-smoking lecture.

While all groups increased their exercise routine, the teens enrolled in the anti-smoking and fitness program showed the most improvement. By increasing the amount of physical activity they engaged in and the number of days they exercised, they were able to significantly lessen their nicotine fixes.

Based on the results, simply taking a 20-minute walk was enough to produce noticeable results. And while more research is needed to find out what exactly pushes people to smoke less, researchers hope that living a more healthier lifestyle will enable more teens and young adults to quit early and quit for good.

(Photo by Kari Soderholm via Flickr Creative Commons)

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