Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Top 12 Smoking Myths - II

Even though, quitting smoking may me harder for some than other, the health care industry has invented several effective aids to help you quit.

The post Top 12 Smoking Myths - I of this had covered the first six common myths about smoking. Now as promised, find below the remaining myths associated with smoking.

Myth #7: “Many smokers don't get Lung cancer.” Many smokers who smoke do get lung cancer! Further, that's not the only thing that cigarettes cause. There are a number of disorders and maladies linked to smoking . eg. Digestive disorders, cancers of the mouth, etc. As a consequence of smoking you may have to pop in pharm drugs to treat the abnormal medical conditions caused by smoking.

Myth #8: Smoking is Chic: It could have been, if it didn't lead to bad breadth, wrinkles on the face, stained teeth and repulsive smoke and smell that envelopes a smoker.

Myth #9: Low-tar or menthol cigarettes are safe: Users of these cigarettes automatically make up for low nicotine content in them by smoking more cigarettes when their bodies crave. And they might even inhale deeply to compensate, thus inhaling the more toxins including carbon monoxide.

Myth #10: I'll gain weight if I quit: Not necessary, you're likely to gain weight if you eat more than you need to. Some people may compensate the craving for cigarettes with overeating. However, with proper exercise and healthy diets you may never gain weight, or get back to normal in a short time.

Myth #11: Cigarettes won't harm me: Why? What makes you any different from others? This is one of the commonest forms of irrational reasoning that causes us to be reckless. Whether it's about driving or safe sex, or smoking you're about as susceptible as anyone.

Myth #12: Quitting won't help if you've smoked for years: Though it sounds appealing, it's not true. Think of smoking as a slow acting poison, as soon as you stop taking it, your body will heal itself and prevent you from disease.

In addition smoking has been linked to infertility in women and impotence in men. If you've tried to quit yourself but have failed, try seeking professional help. Start off with the following resources:

In the US

American Lung Association

In the UK

Go smoke free
British Heart Foundation

Also, “If I'd known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself.” Thus spake Leon Eldred.

You might want to see the post: 10 tips to stay healthy

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