Will Yoga Help You Quit Smoking?

Saturday, November 03, 2012


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Can yoga help with smoking cessation? A new study at the Miriam Hospital seeks to find out. Photo: relaxingmusic/flickr.

With the 37th Great American Smokeout coming on November 15, it's just the right time to consider a healthful to way to help quit smoking. Yoga may be an important part of that change, and the Miriam Hospital has a new study examining the link.


Funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, the Miriam's Breatheasy is an eight-week, group-based program and smoking cessation research study led by researchers at The Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine. Breatheasy provides information on how to prepare to stop smoking, ways to handle nicotine withdrawal, the skills needed to quit and the tools to stay smoke-free.

Yoga and smoking cessation

Participants in Breatheasy's yoga study will be divided into two smoking cessation groups that will incorporate either a yoga program or a health and wellness program. Those in the yoga group will attend classes two times a week and receive a regimented yoga program to follow, while participants in the health and wellness group, who will also attend classes twice a week, will learn about lifestyle changes, health and prevention, healthy eating strategies and stress management. Both strategies have proven to be effective in helping with smoking cessation.

This study, which has been successful for many men and women already, is still enrolling participants; financial compensation is also given for completing assessment visits. Eligible participants should be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Currently healthy
  • Not currently pregnant
  • Not currently practicing yoga or mindfulness-based therapy
  • Smoke at least five cigarettes a day/or more

For more information, contact the Breatheasy study research staff at 401-793-8223 or email [email protected].


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