Researchers find smoking effects taste buds and blood supply - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/20/09

Researchers find smoking effects taste buds and blood supply

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD)-  If you really want to enjoy your favorite meal, you'll need to kick the smoking habit. 

A new study finds a difference in the shape and number of taste buds on the tongues of smokers and non-smokers. Researchers electronically stimulated the tongues of dozens of Greek soldiers to determine their taste sensitivity and they found all the smokers scored worse than the non-smokers. 

After examining all the tongues, they found the smokers' tongues actually had flatter taste buds with a lower blood supply.

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