Trying to quit smoking for good but finding it too hard to do?
Well, here’s a simple solution: Drink a lot of milk.
Milk not only does the body good, it may also help you quit smoking.
Consuming milk makes cigarette taste bad and by making a few modifications to the diet one can make quitting a bit easier. And this is not just an assumption, but truth found by medical researchers.
The research, conducted by a team from the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, is the first to explore the taste-altering effects of food and beverages on cigarette palatability.
The study examined 209 smokers and asked them to name items that worsen or enhance the taste of cigarettes.
Nineteen percent of them reported that dairy products, such as milk or cheese, worsen the taste of cigarettes; 14 percent reported non-caffeinated beverages, such as water or juice; and 16 percent reported fruits and vegetables.
Forty-four percent of them reported that alcoholic beverages enhance the taste of cigarettes; 45 percent reported caffeinated beverages, such as tea, cola and coffee; and 11 percent reported meat.
Identifying which components of foods and beverages ruin the taste of cigarettes could lead to new treatments to deter smoking, said co-investigator Jed E. Rose of the Duke University Medical Center study.
The researchers are now looking at the possibility of using the chemical silver acetate, known to alter the taste of cigarettes, to help smokers quit.
The additive could be given in the form of a gum or a lozenge as part of smoking cessation treatment, according to a science portal, EurekAlert.
Source: Indo-Asian News Service