If you’re trying to quit smoking you might try stocking up on fruits and veggies. A new study from the University of Buffalo suggests that a diet heavy in produce can make it three times more likely that you will succeed in your efforts and may remain smoke-free longer.
The study involved a national telephone survey of 1,000 smokers older than 25. The participants received a follow-up call 14 months later and asked how much they had smoked in the previous month.
The study, published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research in cooperation with University of Buffalo public health researchers, shows that smokers who ate the most fruit and vegetables were more likely to have not smoked for at least 30 days at the time of the follow-up call than those eating the smallest amount of produce. This proved to be true even after they took into account the smoker’s age, gender, race and ethnicity, education, income and motivation to be healthy.
The smokers were also less dependent on nicotine, waited longer to smoke their first cigarette and overall smoked fewer cigarettes during the day.
“We may have identified a new tool that can help people quit smoking,” said study first author Jeffrey Haibach, a graduate research assistant on the study. “Granted, this is just an observational study, but improving one’s diet may facilitate quitting.”
Research has shown that about 19% of Americans still smoke and the majority want to quit. The study authors say more research is needed to delve deeper into just how apples and broccoli can help smokers kick the habit but it could be effective in conjunction with other measures such as tobacco tax increases, anti-smoking laws and education campaigns.
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