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Myths and Facts about Smoking

There are plenty of discussions on the topic of smoking myths. These falsehoods are often misleadingly and perceived being truthful. Although some of these myths can be easily refuted, sometimes it's not very easy. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular myths about smoking and try to figure out where the fiction lies.

Myth #1 Quitting smoking is very easy. It can be done at any time.

Everyone can quit smoking, but it's not as easy as it seems at first glance. Of course there are people who quit cold turkey and never go back to it, but this is by no means the rule; according to research, less than 7% of people were able to quit by themselves, without professional assistance.

Myth #2 It’s impossible to quit after smoking for many years.

The sooner you quit smoking, the better it is for your health. Regular tobacco consumption causes irreparable harm to many of the vital organs in your body; however, even a hard-haired smoker will feel improvement after giving up smoking. You have to quit smoking regardless of your age and the duration you’ve smoked.

Myth #3 "Light" or flavored cigarettes are less harmful than ordinary ones.

All cigarettes are equally harmful! When smoking "light" or flavored cigarettes, smokers tend to take deeper inhalations — therefore, intaking larger quantities of harmful substances and carcinogens. Also, according to research, there is a high concentration of resins in many "light" varieties of cigarettes.

Myth # 4 If I do not make very deep inhalations then smoking will not hurt me.

Even if you do not inhale deeply, you are still at risk because cigarette smoke contains a large amount of harmful compounds that enter your body via your mouth and lungs.

Myth # 5 Electronic cigarettes are an effective way to quit smoking.

This is not proven. There is still not enough reliable data available to draw conclusions about electronic cigarettes. In some cases, electronic cigarettes can actually help quit smoking; on the other hand, their use may, on the contrary, increase the intensity of smoking and the dosage of nicotine consumed on regular basis.

Myth #6 Smoking makes you look attractive and courageous.

In fact, most men do not like women who smoke. Skin ages faster turns gray, hair gets dull and falls out, teeth becomes yellow, and an unpleasant smell emanates from the mouth and clothing — as you can see, it’s not very attractive to smoke.

As for the appearance of men, the situation is similar. In addition, smoking slows the growth of muscle mass and does not contribute to doing sports.

Myth #7 Smoking is a sign of freedom and rebelliousness.

Usually, teenagers think so. If such convictions persist into adulthood, they indicate only the immaturity of the individual.

Myth # 8 Expensive cigarettes/cigars emphasize high social status.

If any person needs to prove his or her own significance with the help of cigarettes, this only indicates failure and uncertainty.

Myth # 9 Cigarettes help to relax.

Nicotine has an excitatory effect on the nervous system — the calming effect, in many cases, is far-fetched. Relaxation is not caused by nicotine, but by the process of smoking itself. A few minutes, during which the cigarette is smoked, allows you to gather your wits, distract yourself, and calms you down in the same way as a short outdoor walk, or a cup of hot tea, or breathing exercises. So, it makes much more sense to use healthy alternatives which have the same effect.

Myth # 10 Smoking helps to concentrate.

Indeed, nicotine causes the release of adrenaline, but nicotine addiction develops so fast that, in order to achieve the previous affect, the quantity of cigarettes smoked is constantly increasing. Therefore, smokers who try to concentrate with the help of a cigarette, develop not only a psychological, but also a physical addiction to nicotine. Over time, nicotine has a devastating effect on the nervous system.

Myth # 11 Smoking helps in social interactions.

For this very reason, people who are indecisive and shy often begin to smoke, and sometimes they only smoke around other people. However, the cigarette is not a "magic wand" that makes the smoker more interesting in the eyes of other people. On the contrary, most people value individuality and accept a strong refusal to smoke as a manifestation of character and personality.

Myth #12 Herbal cigarettes and blended cigarettes are a safer alternative to conventional harmful cigarettes.

Herbal cigarettes are not a good alternative. They pose a serious health threat because they release carbon monoxide and resin. Moreover, the smoke that is released with the combustion of the components can cause damage to the lungs and respiratory tract.

Myth # 13 Smoking is a great method for losing weight and I don’t want to quit because I don’t want to gain weight.

Smoking can cause a smoker to have no appetite. Weight gain can be avoided if, before quitting smoking, the person adopts a healthy diet and physical exercise schedule.

Myth # 14 Passive smoking is harmless.

Passive smoking is very harmful. Tobacco smoke that is exhaled by a smoker contains many toxic substances that cause various diseases (from cardiovascular to oncological). Secondhand smoke causes 600,000 deaths each year.

Myth # 15 If a woman smokes for a long time, then there is no need to stop smoking during pregnancy.

The more cigarettes that are smoked by a pregnant, the more damage is inflicted on her and her unborn child. During prenatal development, all vital organs of the baby are formed, and smoking can cause various pathologies, premature birth, or even miscarriage.

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