Help a Friend Quit Smoking

A healthy diet may help you quit smoking.

November/December 2009

By Nick DiUlio

Did you know that fruits, vegetables, dairy products and noncarbonated beverages, such as water and fruit juice, make cigarettes taste terrible? And, according to a study out of Duke University, meat, coffee and alcoholic beverages make them taste better. Researchers still can’t explain why, but they hypothesize that foods may alter saliva production and temporarily change taste buds in a way that makes cigarettes more or less palatable. So, this November 19—the Great American Smokeout—pour a tall glass of milk and help a smoker quit.