New research by public health researchers at the University of Buffalo (UB) reports that eating more fruits and vegetables could help people quit smoking and remain tobacco-free for a longer period of time.
The findings, published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, are the first in a longitudinal study to look at the effects of eating fruits and vegetables have on those who are participating in smoking cessation programs. The team of researchers surveyed 1,000 smokers who were 25 years of age and older with random-digit dialing telephone interviews. 14 months later, they followed up with the participants and asked if they had stopped using tobacco during the last month.
The study showed that smokers who ate the highest amount of fruits and vegetables were three times more likely to stay tobacco-free for a minimum of 30 days during the follow up, more so than those who consumed the least amount of fruits and vegetables.
Those smokers who ate the most amount of fruits and vegetables also appeared to smoke fewer cigarettes per day, waited a longer amount of time before smoking the first cigarette of the day, and showed to have less dependence on nicotine.
For more, see: Quit Smoking With Help From Fruits And Vegetables