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Eating Fruits And Vegetables Seems To Help Smokers Kick The Habit

June 6, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A 14-month U.S. study based on interviews with 1,000 smokers aged 25 and older found that those who quit smoking tended to consume more fruits and vegetables. Smokers who consumed the most fruit and vegetables were three times more likely to be tobacco-free for at least 30 days at follow-up 14 months later than those consuming the lowest amount of fruits and vegetables. The held true even when adjustments were made to take into account age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, household income and health orientation. Though the researchers acknowledged that their findings from telephone interviews were “observational” only, they said they "may have identified a new tool that can help people quit smoking."
J. P. Haibach et al., "A Longitudinal Evaluation of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Cigarette Smoking", Nicotine & Tobacco Research, June 06, 2012, © The Author
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