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What do you know about smoking? Seven common myths.

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Our people have been smoking since the time of Peter the Great, but so far they have not fully learned to understand the consumed poison. So the myths about smoking are passed down from generation to generation.

Myth 1. The most harmful thing in a cigarette is nicotine.

The fact that a drop of nicotine kills a horse and causes cancer is known to every child. But, while smoking a cigarette, a person swallows from 0.1 to 1.8 milligrams of nicotine and according to the “equestrian” scheme would have to go to the cemetery after the first pack. In fact, nicotine is not a carcinogen. This is primarily a drug that is addictive and makes you smoke. And now, along with smoke, really dangerous substances that are contained in cigarette resins get into our body.

Their ingredients, with smoke and arterial blood falling on any of the organs (from the oral cavity to the bladder), initiate the development of malignant tumors.

Myth 2. Cigars and pipes are safer to smoke.

These smoking accessories really rarely cause lung cancer, as their smoke is not accepted to be inhaled. However, it is smoking cigars and pipes that contribute to the occurrence of cancer of the larynx and lips. By the way, cigars are leaders in tar content.

Myth 3. Smoking calms the nerves and saves you from stress.

In fact, the components of tobacco (tar, nicotine, smoke, etc.) do not relax, but simply “inhibit” the most important parts of the central nervous system. But, having gotten used to a cigarette, without it a person can not actually relax. It turns out a vicious circle: both the occurrence and the cessation of stress become dependent on smoking.

Myth 4. Smokers keep a slim figure longer

Firstly, the circle is full of smoking fat men. Secondly, by blunting a cigarette with a feeling of hunger, you provoke the development of gastritis and peptic ulcer. Thirdly, losing weight through smoking is the same as instilling an infectious disease and “melting before your eyes” from it.

Myth 5. Light cigarettes are not as harmful as regular ones.

Alas, this is not so. Constantly using light cigarettes, smokers drag out more often and deeper, which subsequently can lead to cancer of the lungs themselves, and the so-called pulmonary “periphery” – the alveoli and small bronchi.

Myth 6. Smoking promotes concentration.

No. Stimulation of the nervous system by nicotine leads to the depletion of the energy potential of the brain. 

Myth 7. Quitting smoking, gradually reducing the dose of nicotine, is impossible.

Difficult, but possible. Nevertheless, instead of smoking not 10, but 5 cigarettes per day, it is better to undergo nicotine replacement therapy. It lies in the fact that for the first time after quitting smoking, a certain dose of nicotine is introduced into the body, reducing the severity of withdrawal syndrome. Chewing gums, patches, candies and aerosols are available for nicotine-containing chewing gums.

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