Posts Categorized: Myths

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Myth: Smoking won’t do anything to me until I’m older

Myth: Smoking won’t do anything to me until I’m older. Afraid not! Fact: Ok, cancers and heart disease do take a while to show up, BUT  the earlier you start smoking, the sooner the cigarettes start to rot your body. Bad breath, yellow teeth, yellow fingers, smelly hair and clothes, shortness of breath, wheezing, reduced fitness […]

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Myth: You can’t get sick or die from passive smoking

MYTH: You can’t get sick or die from passive smoking. FACT:  Of all of the people who die from sickness caused by smoking, 1 out of 4 don’t even smoke!  ‘Second-hand’ smoke comes from the burning end of a cigarette and from the smoke that the smoker blows out after inhaling. Non-smokers who are exposed […]

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Myth: Social smoking is harmless

Fact: Any level of smoking, even a drag here and there, is dangerous and can lead to health problems and a stronger addiction.  Some people claim that they are not addicted to nicotine as they only have a cigarette now and then or drags off their mates.  However, nicotine is so highly addictive that even […]

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Myth: I can’t undo the damage from smoking

Myth: The damage from smoking can never be undone. A smoker’s lungs can never recover. That’s not true! The picture above is of the tiny hairs in your lungs called cilia, which protect the lungs from infection, and clean out all the gunk. These hairs are destroyed by the poisons in cigarette smoke, but when […]

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Myth: Smoking keeps me thin

Myth: Smoking keeps me thin. Fact: Exercise and diet keep you thin, not smoking. Did you know smoking can actually cause cellulite, because it stops the blood flowing in your capillaries and damages the connective tissue? Cigarettes also weaken your skin which can create the ‘orange peel’ look of cellulite. Some people find that they put on […]

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Myth: ‘Light’ cigarettes are better for you

MYTH: Smoking low-tar cigarettes is better for me. FACT: There is no such thing as a safe cigarette. Smoking tobacco causes emphysema, lung cancer and premature death. Research shows that people who switch to low-tar cigarettes (sometime called ‘Light’ or ‘Mild’) puff harder or puff faster on the cigarette, so are getting the same level […]

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Myth: Smoking makes me look cool

MYTH: Smoking might be hurting me on the inside, but I look cool doing it. It’s sexy! FACT: Yellow teeth, bad skin, mouth cancers, unhealthy hair and wrinkles aren’t cool. It might not show right now, but cigarettes will make you look old and sick, and that is a fact! If you quit smoking, or […]

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MYTH: Smoking low-tar cigarettes is better for me

MYTH: Smoking low-tar cigarettes is better for me. FACT: There is no such thing as a safe cigarette. Smoking tobacco causes emphysema, lung cancer and premature death. Research shows that people who switch to low-tar cigarettes (sometime called ‘Light’ or ‘Mild’) puff harder or puff faster on the cigarette, so are getting the same level […]

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MYTH: Cold turkey is the only way to quit

MYTH: Quitting “cold turkey” is the only way to go. FACT: Cold turkey means you stop smoking overnight without any assistance. It can work for some people, but smokers are more likely to succeed at quitting if they get support.  Only 4 people in every 100 that try to quit on their own without support make […]

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MYTH: Smoking relaxes me

MYTH: Smoking relaxes me. FACT: Smoking increases your heart rate and pushes up your blood pressure. A study has shown that ex-smokers feel less stress and anxiety than smokers. Although you might feel some stress when you first quit smoking, if you can push through the cravings and stay quit, in the long-run you’ll have […]

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Bust this Myth

MYTH: Tobacco is a natural plant, so cigarettes can’t be harmful. FACT: Tobacco companies add more than 4,000 chemicals to cigarettes. ONE OF THE CHEMICALS IN CIGARETTES IS FORMALDEHYDE. If you don’t know what formaldehyde is…. it’s used to preserve dead animals, in case you didn’t guess from the photo.