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Stop-Smoking Diet

April 19, 2007

Eating certain foods could help smokers quit.


The stop-smoking diet. I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.

Most smokers will tell you that a cigarette tastes especially good with a beer or a cup of coffee. But a new survey has revealed that, to some smokers, cigarettes taste especially bad with milk, fruits, vegetables and water. Clinical psychologist Joe McClernon of Duke University says that was surprising, and the finding could lead to a quit-smoking diet.

JOE MCCLERNON (Duke University):
It would make a lot of sense to me to develop a diet that could be used to help a smoker not gain weight once they quit smoking but also maybe be used to help the smoker enjoy smoking less before they even quit smoking so that it’s easier after they do.

McClernon adds that menthol cigarettes seem to clash less often with foods—possibly explaining why some people prefer them over other varieties.

I’m Bob Hirshon, for AAAS, the science society.