Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Drink Milk, Quit Smoking?

A new study at Duke University reveals that a healthy diet may make it easier for smokers to quit smoking. Researchers asked smokers to rate the effects of food on the taste of their cigarettes. The findings:

  • Cigarettes taste best with meat, alcohol and coffee.
  • Fruits, veggies and dairy products impair the taste of cigarettes.
  • Menthol cigarettes show the least susceptibility to flavor changes.

So if you're working on getting healthy, the first step --obviously-- is to quit smoking. No point in losing weight and exercising if you're going to end up with lung cancer. I say this as someone who loves smoking. It really is too bad that smoking isn't like taking your vitamins.

But, alas, it isn't. I went on Wellbutrin for three months to quit and was able to stay smoke-free until my friend asked me to be maid of honor in her wedding (long story). So now I'm back on Wellbutrin and hoping to quit again, this time for good.

But there are a bunch of options, including nicotine patches, nicotine gum, hypnotism and a new pill that may alter the taste of cigarettes.

I think what's most interesting in this new study from Duke is that most of us believe that quitting smoking will cause us to gain weight. However, if we're able to combine quitting smoking with a healthy diet, it seems that we might strengthen our chances of quitting smoking and not gaining weight, since hopefully the diet changes would offset the weight gain.

And the study makes sense. Are you a smoker? Try lighting up after drinking a glass of milk. Gross.


TESS said...

I have been a smoker for many years, I have in fact quit 6 times for a total of 13 years and 2 mon. I am a smoker now. The cost will help me quit over anything else eventually. 6 weeks ago I set about cutting back. I am down from 2 packs a day to half a pack except for my day off which is a 3/4 pack day. I am not ready to quit but when I decide to it will be easier. I have never found anything that will slow me down, not any food but I did take some pain medication that put the halt to the cig as well as trying to eat anything. I don't really recommend it as a stop smoking or weight loss aid tho!

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Saju said...

I was a smoker until dec 2010. I tried quitting several times. but it didnot work :( . Again this time i took a new year resolution to quit smoking. This time i feel it more comfortable. I am drinking milk every day and it actually helps. I really dont feel like smoking after having 1 cup of milk. Hope at least this time i can stop it.

Jeffrey Hollister said...

"No point in losing weight and exercising if you're going to end up with lung cancer." - True.

Any professional doctor would say the same thing. Even dentists would tell you to stop smoking if you do in dental clinics to have your damaged teeth checked.

I stopped smoking when I moved to Greenville, SC simply because I was starting to feel discomfort with my breathing and it definitely gives me foul breath.

It's a matter of decision-making, actually.

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