Foods & Drinks That may Help you to Quit Smoking

Quitting naturally can sometimes be compared to holistic healing. However, there are foods available that can help you quit naturally through organic properties.

Foods and Drinks That Will Help You Quit Smoking

Today’s smokers have an entire arsenal of smoking cessation aids to help them quit – more than ever before. But many people are either turned off by many of the aids available, or just simply cannot afford the high prices of patches, prescriptions, or hours of hypnosis sessions. Vapes are also becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to cigarettes. Even though they are not recognized as genuine quit smoking aids, many people are making the switch to e-cigarettes but with mixed results.

Good news for these folks: there are some methods of quitting that don’t require a doctor’s approval and that are easy to access. In fact, they are found right in your local grocery store.

Some studies have shown certain foods may help alleviate cigarette cravings or even make the taste of cigarettes repulsive even for the most avid of smokers.

What are These Smoking Cessation Foods?


Research has shown that drinking milk prior to smoking makes cigarettes taste unappealing to study participants. The same effect can be had by dipping cigarettes into milk ahead of time and allowing them to dry. Most respondents claimed their cigarettes had a bitter aftertaste. When cigarettes taste disgusting they don’t seem nearly as appealing, even for those with full-blown nicotine addictions or even for anyone who has taken a hit from an oil vape pen. This goes for most other dairy products as well, such as cheese, yogurt, and cream.

Snacks with lots of salt

Choose your poison on this one. Whether you like potato chips, salted nuts, or popcorn with loads of salt and real butter, salty snacks have shown to reduce nicotine and tobacco cravings. Just make sure if you have high blood pressure to speak with a doctor before beginning a sodium-rich diet.


Namely, snack-like veggies such as celery, carrots, eggplant, squash, and cucumbers. Not only are these snacks better for the waistline than many others, but they also have the same taste effect as milk. Additionally, many vegetables take longer to chew than other snacks, so they’ll keep your mouth busy while you work through tobacco cravings.

Foods rich in vitamin C

fruit and vegetable smoothies in glass bottles with straws

Smoking cigarettes depletes the body’s vitamin C stores, so this is a good idea for other reasons as well. But some research suggests that restoring vitamin C in the body may also help reduce cigarette cravings. While citrus fruits are the more commonly known vitamin-C rich foods (think oranges, grapefruits, and nectarines), there are plenty of other fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C. Strawberries, broccoli, peppers, and kale all have more vitamin C than oranges, as well as more exotic fruit like papaya.

Foods to Avoid

Knowing which foods to consume is one thing, but it’s also a good idea to avoid foods which are most likely to trigger tobacco cravings. Trigger foods may vary based on the individual. For instance, if you enjoyed smoking while eating chocolate cake, then chocolate cake is probably going to be a trigger food. Other well-known foods that enhance the flavor of tobacco include red meat, alcohol, and caffeine-containing foods and beverages such as chocolate and coffee.

The Sugar Paradox

Sugar consumption has shown conflicting results in studies as a smoking deterrent and a smoking trigger. Some studies have shown that participants who consumed glucose tablets, such as those sold for diabetics, reported fewer cigarette cravings. Others have shown that giving in to sugar cravings while quitting may help prevent a relapse. However, conflicting studies have also shown that the consumption of sugar-laden foods may have the opposite effect, causing more intense nicotine cravings.

The bottom line on sugar is that it’s not healthy for you, whether you smoke or not. If you crave a sugary snack and feel that eating it would keep you from smoking, it is the lesser of the two evils, at least for a while. Additionally, trying to give up sugar (which can also be addictive) at the same time as trying to quit smoking may prove distracting or lead to more intense cravings for both. If you find you have a more intense sweet tooth while quitting, choose fruit whenever possible, since natural sugars are healthier than heavily refined snacks. Fruit also has the added health boosts of fiber, vitamins, and phytonutrients. If sugary foods are triggers for you, however, it’s best that you avoid them altogether.

Published: April 9, 2015 Updated: March 26, 2019



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16 comments on “Foods & Drinks That may Help you to Quit Smoking

  • Juanita LeMay

    September 27, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    This will be my second day cold turkey, I worry about how ALL bills are going to get paid,HAVING problem with my back after accident Life wish me luck

  • Esona Booi

    August 6, 2018 at 8:30 am

    My boy friend always says his stops smoking but when he drinks he sneak outside for smoker I don’t understand how come he plays around with his health am concerned.he does nt smoke the whole week BT week ends he does

  • abel phiri

    July 30, 2018 at 2:24 am

    thanks i wll d exactly

  • Clorinda Paparelli

    July 23, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I smoked heavily for 59 years. Then I found out I had COPD. I started stopping with the patch then moved on to vaping. I need to quit nicotine altogether. GOD HELP!

    • Rose

      August 6, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Hi, my name is Rosie. God help us all, who are trying to rid our selves of this evil. Today is my first day. I pray it will be the first of many, Amen.

  • pattie c.

    July 11, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks for all these great ideas its going to help many ,

  • Anton

    June 17, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Nice article. I believe it, I have just started my journey and was looking for ideas that can make my body feel healthier. Nutrition is key to our body life cycle. Eat healthy and exercise works.

  • Anesh

    June 5, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Thank you for the advice. I quit smoking on 28th October the same evening I had a heart attack, underwent triple bypass heart surgery and never smoked a cigarette ever since. To quit completely you must be determined and willing to persevere. I taught myself to dislike or hate smoking and I thought of all the negative effects it has on the human body etc and I just don’t have any interest in smoking again. I even have a drink or two without thinking about smoking. Prayers also help to quit the habit….never stop trying.

  • G.chsandramohan

    May 30, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Thank you let me try it out


    May 8, 2018 at 6:09 pm


  • Paul

    April 1, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    This is not very helpful!

  • Luther Chipman

    November 18, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks and wish me luck i’m gonna need it !!!

  • Pam

    October 27, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Thank you for the great advice

  • James kituku

    October 4, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    it, S a nice way of gutting smoking an it will helps all the smokers who are willing to stop smoking like me i need more an more assistance from u guys, thanks. James kituku

  • James kilikua

    October 4, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    it’s a nice an easiest way of gutting smoking, thanks for those want to stop smoking like me i ill try.

  • Debra

    September 15, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Thank you I believe your advise will help my on my quit smoking journey