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More fruits and veggies can help smokers quit: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Jun. 6, 2012

(QMI Agency files)


If you want to quit smoking eat more fruits and veggies, a new U.S. study says.

Researchers said smokers who added extra fruits and vegetables to their diet puffed fewer cigarettes per day, waited longer to smoke their first cigarette of the day, and scored lower on a common test of nicotine dependence.

They were also three times more likely to be tobacco-free for at least 30 days at a follow-up 14 months later than those who ate the lowest amount of fruits and vegetables.

"Improving one's diet may facilitate quitting," researcherc said in a release about the study. "It is also possible that fruits and vegetables give people more of a feeling of satiety or fullness so that they feel less of a need to smoke, since smokers sometimes confuse hunger with an urge to smoke."

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The University at Buffalo researchers in New York state surveyed 1,000 smokers aged 25 and older from the U.S. They followed up with the respondents 14 months later.

Previous research has shown fruits and vegetables, as well as milk products, can make cigarettes taste worse.

"It's possible that an improved diet could be an important item to add to the list of measures to help smokers quit," Haibach said.

The research appears in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

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