Consuming Milk may help Quit Smoking !

Milk not only does the body good it may also
help you quit smoking, says a study.

Consuming milk makes the taste of cigarette bad
and by making a few modifications to the diet one
can make quitting bit easier, said the study published
in April 2007 issue of the Journal of Nicotine and
Tobacco Research.

The study is said to be 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 per cent of them reported that dairy products,
such as milk or cheese, worsen the taste of cigarettes;
14 per cent reported non-caffeinated beverages, such as
water or juice; and 16 per cent reported fruits and

Forty-four per cent of them reported that alcoholic
beverages enhance the taste of cigarettes; 45 per cent
reported caffeinated beverages, such as tea, cola and
coffee; and 11 per cent reported meat.

Identifying which components of foods and beverages ruin
the taste of cigarettes could lead to new treatments to
deter smoking, said an investigator 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.
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