Don't be fooled by myths. Delaying smoking cessation means increasing the body's risk of developing serious diseases
Many people do not stop smoking because they hold on to assumptions that are not necessarily true. Here are some myths that you might believe too.
Myth 1: Quitting smoking can make you sick
Fact: People who are used to smoking large amounts of cigarettes over a long period of time generally have experienced nicotine addiction.This causes smokers who quit smoking will experience certain conditions such as headaches, coughs, constipation, anxiety, or fatigue. This condition is a common situation and will improve in a matter of weeks. So these symptoms are not disease, but nicotine withdrawal symptoms that will get better over time.
Myth 2: I've been smoking for so long that it's too late to repair the damage that's been done
Fact: It's never too late to quit smoking. Damage to the he alth of organs due to smoking is cumulative. The longer a person smokes, the bad effects will be higher. Based on research, a person's risk for experiencing poor he alth due to smoking can be reduced by up to 90 percent if he stops smoking before the age of 35 years. In just a month, the breathing process will feel more maximal. In addition, a smoker who has stopped smoking for a year can reduce his risk of having a heart attack by up to 50 percent.
Myth 3: The risk of smoking will be reduced by switching to cigarette products labeled “mild” or “light”
Fact: Each cigarette manufacturer has different standards regarding levels that can be called high and low. A smoker who switches to a product that claims to contain low tar and nicotine will feel that he has reduced the harm of smoking. Without realizing it, smokers with nicotine addiction will automatically increase the number of cigarettes they smoke in a day and inhale each cigarette deeper to get a certain level of effect or satisfaction. Therefore, no matter what type of cigarette it is, it will have the same bad effect.
Myth 4: I've done other he althy habits that can reduce the effects of smoking
Fact: Smoking can damage internal organs. You can't try to reduce the damage by adopting a he althy lifestyle such as exercising regularly and eating nutritious foods.
Myth 5: Smoking will not harm anyone but the smoker
Fact: People who do not smoke, but are exposed to secondhand smoke or called passive smokers, have a 30 percent higher risk of developing cancer than those who are not exposed to secondhand smoke. In addition, passive smokers are also at risk for ischemic heart disease caused by exposure to cigarette smoke.
Myth 6: Trying to quit smoking is stressful which can also be bad for your he alth
Fact: Quitting smoking at first makes the perpetrator feel stressed. But this perceived stress is generally short-lived and has no long-term impact on smokers who are trying to quit. But over time people who quit smoking will also start exercising and eating he althier so they will feel better about themselves.
Myth 7: Smoking makes you gain weight and it's not he althy
Fact: Nicotine in cigarettes can increase the burning of calories in the body and increase the speed of the body's metabolism, thereby reducing weight. In fact, people who quit smoking have the potential to gain weight. This increase can occur because when someone stops smoking, the body's metabolism returns to normal. This change is a he althy thing because the body is no longer forced to overwork.
Myth 8: I've failed to quit smoking before. Now it's useless for me to try
Fact: Many smokers finally succeed in quitting smoking after repeated attempts. Each time you fail, you learn from your mistakes and try other tactics, bringing you closer to success.
Myth 9: Quitting smoking will make me lose friends
Fact: Many smokers are reluctant to quit for fear of losing other friends who also smoke.But in reality, not all smoking friends will behave like that. On the other hand, if you explain your reasons for quitting, your friends can support and even encourage you to try to quit with you.
Missing smoking moments with fellow smokers can make you feel lonely at first. But by quitting smoking you also get the opportunity to make new friends. You can do things that were previously difficult to do, like swim or cycle long distances, without gasping for air. You can find friends in the new area who are he althier and support your new lifestyle.
Myth 10: If I quit smoking, I won't be creative anymore
Fact: Many people can work without smoking. Difficulties in being creative can arise from stress or the symptoms felt in the early days of quitting smoking. Remember that this condition is only temporary. The benefits of quitting smoking are much greater and longer lasting than stress or temporary symptoms.You can also distract yourself with other equally creative activities such as having a discussion, going for a walk, or watching a movie.