Does all the hype around cigarettes make its real effects unclear? Here are some myths that are associated with smoking cigarettes.
Myth: Healthy habits balance the ill-effects of smoking.
Fact: Research shows that eating healthy and exercising don’t reduce the risks associated with smoking.
Myth: Switching to a lighter cigarette cuts the risk in half.
Fact: Smoking light or mild cigarettes which have less tar and nicotine makes you inhale even deeper. So, in effect, you are smoking the same amount.
Myth: Smoking keeps me in shape.
Fact: This is because nicotine is an appetite suppressant and it also increases the rate at which your body burns calories. So you may look in shape, but smoking eats you up from within.
Myth: Smoking is a stress reliever.
Fact: Although this is a popular excuse among smokers; the reality is that smokers tend to report higher levels of stress than non-smokers.
Myth: Cutting back on smoking is good enough.
Fact: Evidence shows that when smokers cut back, they tend to smoke harder to compensate. Also, it gives smokers a false sense of security and makes quitting even more difficult.
Myth: I’m smoking for my pleasure, I’m not hurting others.
Fact: The hardest fact for smokers to digest is that they are not just putting their own lives in danger, but also those around them. Second hand smoke causes heart disease in non-smoking adults and also premature death in children. So, basically there is no benefit unless you quit completely.
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