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Degree

Master of Arts

Program

Kinesiology

Supervisor

Dr. Harry Prapavessis

Abstract

This pilot study aimed to examine the effect of an acute bout of exercise on smoking behavior (topography) subsequent to a temporary period of smoking abstinence. Forty-three adult smokers (female = 34, Mage = 43.14), who had been smoking for an average of 23.90 years, were randomized to either an exercise (n = 21) or passive sitting group. Thirty-one smokers completed the study. The primary outcome variables included: puff count, puff volume, puff duration, inter-puff interval (IPI), and total cigarette duration. The effect of exercise on smoking topography was non-significant. Overall, the effectiveness of exercise as an additional harm reduction strategy was not supported.

Keywords: smoking, smoking topography, harm reduction, desire to smoke


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