Introduction: Cigarette smoking is prevalent with 40 million Americans smoking and one in five deaths attributed to this behavior. Aims: This study examined effects of a resistance training (RT) program on smoking abstinence self-efficacy. Methods: Forty (40) participants were randomized into intervention or control groups. Smoking abstinence self-efficacy, withdrawal symptoms, and smoking behavior were measured. Results/Findings: RT group presented with statistically significant greater increases in self-efficacy compared to control. RT group participants also presented with non-significantly greater decreases in smoking behavior and withdrawal symptoms compared to control. Conclusions: This study demonstrates effectiveness of RT in improving smoking abstinence self-efficacy.

Author Bio(s)

Scott Richardson PT, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the College of Health and Natural Sciences at Franklin Pierce University.

Brent Alvar PhD, CSCS*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA, FACSM, is a Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Daniel Dodd PhD, is a Professor at Illinois State University.

Uma Nair PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona.

Ryan Seltzer PhD, is Chief Scientific Officer at Translational Analytics and Statistics, Tuscon, Az.


I would like to recognize the immeasurable help and patient support of Dr. Brent Alvar during each stage of the development of this project.




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