Myths about Quitting Smoking
Many believe that quitting cold turkey is the best way to quit, or that nicotine replacement therapy is as harmful and addictive as smoking. We want to give you the real facts about quitting smoking and the truth about nicotine replacement therapy because quitting is hard enough and having the right information can help you.
Myth 1: I’ve smoked for so long, the damage is already done.
Quitting smoking at any age brings health benefits and the benefits start the day you stop! After just 5 years, the risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of someone who still smokes and after 15 years, the risk of heart disease becomes nearly the same as someone who has never smoked before!
Find out what the other health benefits of quitting smoking are.
Myth 2: I shouldn’t quit smoking because I will put on weight.
It’s not unusual to put on a little weight when you first give up smoking but stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Smoking can suppress your appetite, so it may make you feel less hungry. However, by using nicotine replacement therapy to help you quit smoking you are providing your body with nicotine and this may help you avoid weight gain when you stop smoking.
Myth 3: It will make me more stressed.
The stress relief you may feel when you smoke a cigarette is only temporary. Research has shown that smoking actually increases anxiety and depression in the long-term. In fact, smokers have a 70% increased risk of anxiety and depression when compared with non-smokers.
Instead of reaching for another cigarette, get tips on how to deal with the stress.
Myth 4: Quitting with willpower only is the most effective way.
In actual fact, only 4-7% of quitters are able to quit smoking using only their willpower. This is because quitting is tough and it’s OK to get help and support! Using an NRT product, like NICORETTE, can double your chances of successfully quitting versus willpower alone. Find the right product(s) for you!