How Running is Helping Me Quit Smoking

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Running and smoking cigarettes — I’d be hard-pressed to find two more diametrically opposed habits if I tried.

And yet, for several years, I’ve done both.

I’ve been an on-and-off smoker for over a decade, and an on-and-off runner for the past few years. Normally these habits haven’t overlapped, but occasionally they have, even for months at a time.



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Benya Clark

I’m a lawyer turned writer from North Carolina. I write about sobriety, mental health, and more. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter at