Researchers from the University of Exeter's School of Sport and Health Sciences in Exeter, England looked at 14 studies that analyzed whether exercise affects cigarette cravings. They found that those people who are trying to quit would benefit from regular walks. Stretching the limbs and taking a walk was found to help against nicotine cravings takes the edge off withdrawal symptoms sometimes for as long as 50 minutes.

It is a small dose of exercise that appears to be sufficient.
It is thought that mild exercise helps by reducing stress as unaddressed stress is very likely to lead to cravings. Exercise is thought to rise the levels of dopamine in the brain that is thought to suppress the effects of most “drugs of misuse” including the nicotine in tobacco.

Taking up exercise can also help against weight gain that usually follows nicotine abruption as well as cravings and withdrawal symptoms that more than often lead to relapse.

Five million deaths a year occur due to tobacco abuse and the figure is expected to rise to 10 million by 2020. Governments across the globe are doing their best to curtail the use of nicotine and prevent second-hand smoke inhalation.

England has banned smoking in public places starting in July. Portugal proposed a ban in most bars, restaurants and public places, while Germany in February prohibited it in federal buildings. Denmark will ban smoking in public places starting in August.