Do not get consumed by myth. Delaying stopping smoking means increasing the risk of the body getting serious illness.
Many people don’t stop smoking because they hold on to assumptions that aren’t necessarily true. The following are some of the myths that you might believe too.
Myth 1: Stop smoking can make the body sick.
Fact: People who are accustomed to smoking in large quantities for a long period of time generally experience nicotine addiction. This causes smokers who stop smoking will experience certain conditions such as headaches, coughing, constipation, anxiety, or fatigue. This condition is a common situation and will improve in a matter of weeks. So these symptoms are not diseases, but the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal which will improve in some time.
Myth 2: I have been smoking for so long it’s too late to repair the damage that has happened.
Fact: It’s never too late to stop smoking. Damage to the health of organs due to smoking is accumulative. The longer a person smokes, the worse the impact will be. Based on research, a person’s risk for experiencing poor health due to smoking can be reduced by 90 percent if he stops smoking before turning 35 years old. Only in a month, the process of breathing will feel more leverage. In addition, a smoker who has quit smoking a year can reduce his risk of having a heart attack by 50 percent.
Myth 3: The risk of smoking will decrease 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 dangers of smoking. Without realizing it, smokers with nicotine addiction will automatically increase the number of cigarettes he smokes a day and inhale each cigarette deeper to get a certain level of effect or satisfaction. Therefore, any type of cigarette will have the same adverse effects.
Myth 4: I have done other healthy habits that can reduce the consequences of smoking.
Fact: Smoking can damage internal organs. You cannot try to reduce this damage by adopting a healthy lifestyle such as exercising regularly and eating nutritious food.
Myth 5: Smoking will not harm anyone other than the smoker themselves.
Fact: People who do not smoke, but are exposed to secondhand smoke or so-called passive smokers, have a 30 percent higher risk of developing cancer than those who are not exposed to cigarette smoke. In addition, passive smoking is also at risk for developing ischemic heart disease caused by exposure to cigarette smoke.
Myth 6: Trying to quit smoking creates stress which is also bad for health.
Fact: Quitting smoking at first makes the person feel stressed. But this perceived stress generally does not last long and has no long-term impact on smokers who are trying to quit. But over time people who stop smoking will also start to exercise and eat healthier until they will feel better about themselves.
Myth 7: Smoking makes weight gain and it’s not healthy.
Fact: Nicotine in cigarettes can increase calorie burning in the body and increase the speed of the body’s metabolism, thus making weight loss. In fact, people who stop smoking do 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 healthy thing because the body is no longer forced to work excessively.
Myth 8: I have failed to stop smoking before. Now there’s no point in me trying.
Fact: Many smokers finally succeed in stopping smoking after repeated attempts. Every time you fail, you learn from your mistakes and try other tactics, so you get closer to success.
Myth 9: Stop smoking will make me lose friends.
Fact: Many smokers are reluctant to quit for fear of losing other friends who also smoke. But in fact not all smoker friends will behave that way. On the contrary, if you explain your reasons for stopping, your friends can support and even be triggered to try to stop with you.
Losing the moment of smoking with a fellow smoker at first can make you feel lonely. But by stopping smoking you also have the opportunity to make new friends. You can do things that were previously difficult to do, like swimming or biking long distances without wheezing. You can find friends in a new area that is healthier and supports your new lifestyle.
Myth 10: If I stop smoking, I won’t be creative anymore.
Fact: Many people can work without smoking. Difficulty creating can arise from stress or symptoms that are felt in the early stages of stopping smoking. Remember that this condition is only temporary. The benefits of stopping smoking are far greater and longer when compared to stress or temporary symptoms. You can also distract yourself with other activities that are equally stimulating creativity such as discussing, taking a walk, or watching a movie.