People who smoke frequently have a very high risk of getting heart attack and those who resume smoking tobacco after hospitalization for heart attack are more likely to die than those who quit smoking for good.
The common myths/reasons why people say no to quit smoking are:
|The damage is already been done. So now there is no point quitting now.||FALSE.No matter till date how much ever you have smoked but quitting can help you live longer & Healthier. The moment you quit smoking your heart starts improving.|
|My family doesn’t have any problem.||FALSE. If not for yourself, for your loved ones you should quit smoking. Every year 50,000 people die of passive smoking and develop cancer. Second-hand smoking increases the risk of non-smokers to develop heart attack.|
|Nicotine replacement products are unhealthy just like smoking tobacco.||FALSE.Research shows that nicotine replacement products are useful & safe. When used as needed throughout the day they provide lesser amounts of only nicotine than cigarettes. Choosing a nicotine replacement product to quit smoking is always safer than smoking.|
|If I quit I will gain weight which again is unhealthy.||FALSE. In some people weight gain is seen because no longer gets their appetite suppressed or some people get themselves busy in eating every now n then to stay away from smoking. You follow the heart-healthy diet plan to control your weight. But quitting will give you a longer life.|
|I smoke occasionally/socially.||FALSE. Research shows that people who smoke occasionally tend to smoke deeply for getting the results and cause the same damage to their heart as a regular smoker. So your health risk will not decrease unless and until you quit smoking.
|Smokeless tobacco is better than cigarettes.||FALSE. Smokeless tobacco is still tobacco which gives you nicotine as well as other toxic substances which are known to cause cancer. It is absorbed in your mouth and circulated in your blood. Quitting all forms of tobacco is best for your health.|
|Light/ mild/ ultralight/clove cigarettes are less harmful.||FALSE. The filter in low tar cigarettes includes vent holes, which are meant to draw in the air with each puff to dilute the smoke inhaled. But smokers often end up covering these holes with their hands or lips. Research shows smokers smoke deeply & frequently thinking its low tar & allow more dangerous chemicals into lungs than normal cigarette does.|
The bottom line is NO CIGARETTE IS HEALTHIER!!