Want to Quit Smoking? Fruits and Veggies Might Help

If you want to quit smoking, there are a host of aids to assist you in eschewing tobacco and getting your nicotine or oral-fixation hit elsewhere (inhalers, gum, patches, e-cigarettes), but docs say that a very simple diet practice could lead to smoking cessation success.

A study published late last month in the medical journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research indicates that if you are hoping to quit smoking, there is a precedent for successful quitting you might be interested in learning about.

It seems that among those who try to quit smoking, individuals who eat fruits and veggies regularly have a far higher chance of being successful in their goal of ditching tobacco. Researchers at the University of Buffalo surveyed 1,000 smokers aged 25 and older via telephone in the United States.

Among those surveyed, those who quit smoking were three times as likely to stick with it over a 30-day period than those who did not eat a larger proportion of fruits and veggies. Livescience explains that socioeconomic and related factors linked to healthier diet were controlled for, and fruits and veggies still helped smokers quit smoking:

“The results held even after the researcher’s took into account factors that could influence people’s likelihood of successfully staying away from smoking, including the participants’ age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, household income and how frequently they exercised, drank heavily or used illicit drugs.”

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In the study, in addition to quitting smoking, fruit-and-veggie eaters also reported smoking fewer cigarettes each day, smoking their first cigarette of the day at a later point in the morning and overall, scored lower on a nicotine dependency test.