A smoker often believes in a set of myths that consequently keep him/her addicted to the activity. Some of these myths are self-created to justify his/her addiction, while others are acquired as common beliefs. Regardless, smoking can never be a good thing. No matter how less or how much the smoker smokes, he/she is exposing himself/herself to the risks of being affected by various cancers, heart diseases, pneumonia, and not to mention, reduced life span. When of course, quitting smoke entirely is possible, some myths keep the smokers away from the right path.
I Will Gain Weight If I Quit Smoking
It is a common belief that smoking keeps people slim, and quitting it will make them fat. The thing is, this belief is true, but for a different reason. When people quit smoking, they go through physiological as well as psychological changes. They start craving for nicotine. Unfortunately, most of the time, they mistake this craving as a craving for hunger and, consequently, food. However, this situation is completely controllable. In case the smoker indeed becomes more attracted to food, he/she could always make exercise his/her next obsession and keep him/herself healthier than ever.
Smoking is Okay since It Is Not More Than 2 or 3 Each Day
Without a doubt, smoking 2/3 cigarettes per day is better than smoking 30 cigarettes each day, but that does not mean it is okay, or it does not have any negative effects. The thing is, smoking less only means you are reducing the risk of cancer, not necessarily avoiding it. Researches show that men and women who smoke about four cigarettes each day are five times more likely to suffer and die of cancer (lungs) than nonsmoking men and women.
Quitting is Expensive
Surprisingly, many smokers believe that quitting their smoking habit will cost them a lot, more than they spend on cigarettes currently. Without a doubt, this belief is utterly baseless since the obvious is so bright. On average, a smoker spends a figure between $2000 and $4000 annually to satisfy his/her smoking needs. On the other hand, medication and other treatments required during and after quitting would cost you around $600 annually. So not only are you saving at least about $1400 per year, but you are also rewarding yourself with a bonus lifespan.
My Smoking is Only Harmful to Me
If you continue to smoke even after knowing the adverse effects it has on you merely because it is your problem and not affecting someone else, then you are wrong. If a person is continually exposed to secondhand smoking, he/she will have about 30% increased risk of lung cancer and heart diseases. What is more, children of smoker parents are 75% more likely to require special medical attention during birth. Statistics show that about 3,000 Americans die each year due to secondhand smoking.
What is the Point of Quitting since I Have Been Smoking for Such a Long Time
Researches show that if a person quits smoking before the age of 35, he/she has the chance of living as long as any nonsmoker. However, this does not mean there is no point in quitting at the age of 50 or more. The effects of quitting smoking are almost instant. The risk of lung cancer and heart diseases start to decrease just after 20 minutes once you are finished smoking a cigarette. An older smoker will experience improved lung function and stamina once he/she quits smoking. So truthfully, you will experience only benefits no matter when you choose to stop.