Degree Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering


Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Iris V. Rivero


The primary aim of the current study is to validate the use of healthy alternatives designed to increase the long-term success rates of smoking cessation programs. The objective of this research is to collect and critically analyze information about the effects of lifestyle-based exercise on smoking urges during abstinence. Existing research indicates that individuals who smoke cigarettes find quitting smoking to be difficult, and often do not achieve long-term success. Alternative methods to complement existing cessation programs are needed to improve and build upon the current rates of a success. One alternative to standard cessation programs is exercise. Smoking urges have been shown to decrease after brief, self-paced exercise following 15-hours of abstinence. In this study, smokers were asked to replace the act of smoking with walking, while engaging in a 24-hour period of smoking abstinence. Throughout the period of abstinence, smoking urges and mood states were assessed every four hours via survey. Each participant’s activity was analyzed over the 24 hours by comparing their smoking urge scores to the amount of activity completed prior to the time of the survey. An individual analysis of each participant revealed that while some participants walked enough to reduce their negative affect, no participants walked enough to reduce smoking urges. To determine if walking can reduce smoking urges, it is necessary to control more factors of walking in relation to smoking urges.


Copyright Owner

Kellie Ann McGrath



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File Size

96 pages