Quitting Smoking - Useful Tips and Myths Exposed


Everyone knows smoking is harmful and damaging to your health. What you might not know is how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to smoking or quitting. Learning the facts can help you quit.

Check out these smoking myths:Quitting Smoking - Useful Tips and Myths Exposed


  1. When I smoke, I'm only hurting myself. A lot of people don't realize that secondhand smoke is more than just an annoyance. There are over 50,000 smoking-related deaths each year that can be attributed to secondhand smoke.
  • Children who live in a smoking household have greater incidences of colds, bronchitis, and ear infections than those who live in non-smoking homes.
  • There’s also a greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in smoking households versus the non-smoking ones.
  • Even your pets can suffer from the negative effects of secondhand smoke. Cats can develop cancer, and dogs may develop a chronic cough.
  1. It’s too difficult to quit, so I’ll just cut back. Whether you smoke four packs a day, or just one, there’s no safe level of smoking. If you're going to quit, you need to be fully committed to the process.


  1. I tried to quit, but failed, so I’m done. Most individuals are unable to successfully quit on their first try. For many, it takes several attempts before they’re finally able to quit for good.


  1. It only takes willpower to quit smoking. Because smoking is both a physical and psychological addiction, quitting takes a lot more than just willpower. Although some are able to quit cold turkey, most people need some additional help in order to kick the habit.


  1. I’ll gain a bunch of weight, which is just as unhealthy as smoking. On average, when someone quits smoking, they gain approximately 14 pounds. However, experts say that the risk of carrying14 extra pounds is almost nothing compared to the risks of smoking.


Learn some useful facts about quitting smoking:


  1. Your body will start to heal immediately after quitting. One study found that college students who quit smoking had fewer respiratory issues after just two weeks.


  • As time goes on, the benefits of quitting increase. Within the first year of quitting, individuals will reduce their risk of heart disease to half of that of a smoker.


  1. You'll save a lot of money. The cost for a single pack of cigarettes can be anywhere from $7 to $10, or more. Multiply that cost, by the number of packs you smoke per day, by the number of days in a year, and you'll see how much money you’ll save.


  1. You aren’t alone. As you know, it isn’t easy to quit smoking. But there’s help available. In most cities you’ll be able to find classes or support groups to help you in your efforts.


  1. Nicotine replacement products are a lot healthier than smoking cigarettes. Your cigarettes contain nicotine, as well as more than 4,000 additional compounds, 60 of which are known carcinogens.
  2. If a nicotine replacement product helps you kick your smoking habit, it's certainly worth a try.

Hopefully, looking at the facts versus the myths of smoking has helped shed some light on the subject. The longer you smoke the more damage it will do to your body. However, your body will start to repair itself immediately after quitting.

It doesn't matter how old you are, or how many times you've tried to quit in the past, your time is now. Get the help you need and give it another shot. It will greatly benefit your health. It’s never too late to quit!

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