WEIGHTLIFTING can do more than just build muscle - it can also help smokers kick the habit, say researchers. A team from The Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island found men and women are twice as likely to quit smoking if they do regular resistance training. It builds on previous studies that found aerobic exercise can reduce cigarette cravings as well as control weight gain after kicking the habit. Lead author, Dr Joseph Ciccolo, said: 'Cigarette smoking kills more than a thousand Americans every day, and while the large majority of smokers want to quit, less than five percent are able to do it without help. 'We need any new tools that can help smokers successfully quit and it appears resistance training could potentially be an effective strategy. Daily Mail