And, exercise can be a great replacement activity.
"Exercise and in particular, cardiovascular exercise, is an excellent way to help kids move toward being tobacco-free. It can change their routine. Exercise can build feelings of self-efficacy, and make teens feel like they can change their behavior. It also causes the release of lactic acid from the muscles and endorphins, which can replace some of those internal reinforcers that come from smoking," he said.
The bottom line, said Horn, is "If we give them the right services, they will quit. Teens will stick with it."
To learn more about the effects of teen smoking, visit the American Cancer Society.
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