News Release

Running away from addiction: How exercise aids smoking cessation

Peer-Reviewed Publication


Autoradiographic Image of a 7 Nicotinic Recepter in a Mouse Coronal Brain Section

image: Autoradiographic image of a 7 nicotinic recepter in a mouse coronal brain section (hippocampus included) which is unregulated in exercised mice treated with nicotine. view more 

Credit: Autoradiographic image of a 7 nicotinic recepter in a mouse coronal brain section

New research in mice sheds light on the mechanism underlining exercise's protective effect against nicotine dependence and withdrawal.

The British Journal of Pharmacology study reveals that exercise during nicotine exposure markedly reduces the severity of nicotine withdrawal symptoms, an effect that is accompanied by increased activation of α7 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.


Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.