Nicotine is the extremely addictive substance that is placed into tobacco products to get a user completely hooked. With addiction comes denial; there are an overabundance of myths associated with tobacco usage and its side effects. Many tobacco users deny to themselves and others exactly how harmful and detrimental using tobacco can be to their health and well-being. Here are some popular myths, and their truths exposed:
MYTH: Smokeless tobacco is not as addictive as cigarettes.
TRUTH: Actually, there are HIGHER amounts of nicotine in smokeless tobacco as compared to cigarettes. In fact, it can be argued that smokeless tobacco is actually MORE addicting than smoking.
MYTH: Light cigarettes are less harmful.
TRUTH: Cigarettes that are labeled as “light” contain the EXACT SAME amount of nicotine and tar as regular cigarettes. This misconception is so common that almost 60% of smokers believe that “light” cigarettes are actually less harmful.
MYTH: Smokers only harm themselves when they use tobacco.
TRUTH: When you smoke, not only are you putting yourself at risk for lung cancer, heart disease, and tons of other illnesses, you’re also polluting and poisoning the air for those around you. According to the CDC, almost 50,000 deaths a year in the United States are attributed to heart disease caused by secondhand smoke.
MYTH: If a tobacco user fails at quitting, there is no point in trying again.
TRUTH: In reality, quitting the use of nicotine is extremely difficult. Each time you quit, you learn what works and what doesn’t. You can apply your knowledge gained from one experience and apply it to your next quit attempt. Don’t ever give up.
MYTH: Tobacco users only have one choice to be successful in quitting: cold turkey.
TRUTH: There are many ways in which tobacco users have been successful in their cessation. Tobacco Free Florida offers free counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, both of which are proven methods of quitting tobacco. Counseling alone increases your chances of success in quitting by 60%.
If you or someone you know wants to quit using tobacco today, please visit TobaccoFreeFlorida.com for free resources and help to lead you on your path to successful cessation and freedom from tobacco.