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Healthy Diet Helps Smokers Quit

Friday, 08 June 2012 12:23 PM

Trying to quit smoking? You might try eating more fruits and vegetables.
University of Buffalo researchers have found smokers who consume plenty of fruits and vegetables are three times more likely to quit than those who don’t. They’re also more likely to remain tobacco-free for longer periods of time.
The study, published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, is the first to show a connection between a healthy diet and smoking cessation.
"Other studies have taken a snapshot approach, asking smokers and nonsmokers about their diets," said lead researcher Gary A. Giovino, who heads up the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior at UB. "We knew from our previous work that people who were abstinent from cigarettes for less than six months consumed more fruits and vegetables than those who still smoked. What we didn't know was whether recent quitters increased their fruit and vegetable consumption or if smokers who ate more fruits and vegetables were more likely to quit."
For the study, the researchers from UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions surveyed 1,000 smokers aged 25 and older from around the country by phone and tracked them over a 14-month period.
They found those who consumed the most fruit and vegetables were three times more likely to be tobacco-free for at least 30 days at the end of the study than those consuming the lowest amounts. They also found that smokers with healthier diets smoked fewer cigarettes, waited longer to smoke their first cigarette of the day and scored lower on a common test of nicotine dependence.
"We may have identified a new tool that can help people quit smoking," said researcher Jeffrey P. Haibach. "Granted, this is just an observational study, but improving one's diet may facilitate quitting."
Researchers aren’t sure why fruits and vegetables help smokers quit. It could be that people who consume higher fiber consumption from fruits and vegetables makes people feel fuller and have less of a desire to smoke, “since smokers sometimes confuse hunger with an urge to smoke," Haibach said. It’s also possible that some foods, including fruit and vegetables, “may actually worsen the taste of cigarettes."

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