Smoking, like alcohol and drugs, is a slow death. We need to resist this. A healthy lifestyle, freedom from alcohol, tobacco, drugs is a normal life given to a person by nature. Today we will try to debunk common myths about smoking.
The Russian people began to smoke from the time of Peter I, but they still have not fully learned to understand the consumed poison. So they are passed from generation to generation
Smoking myths and truths:
The most harmful thing in a cigarette is nicotine
Every child knows that a drop of nicotine kills a horse and causes cancer. But, 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. It is primarily a drug that is addictive and makes you smoke.
But already together with the smoke, really dangerous substances that are contained in cigarette tar enter our body.
Their ingredients, with smoke and arterial blood, getting on any of the organs (from the oral cavity to the bladder), initiate the development of malignant tumors.
Cigars and pipes are safer to smoke because they do not get caught
It is true that these smoking accessories rarely cause lung cancer because their smoke is not normally inhaled. However, it is cigar and pipe smoking that contributes to cancer of the larynx and lip. By the way, cigars are leaders in resin content.
Smoking calms nerves and relieves stress
In fact, the components of tobacco (tar, nicotine, smoke) do not relax, but simply “inhibit” the most important parts of the central nervous system. But, having got used to a cigarette, without it a person practically cannot relax. It turns out to be a vicious circle: both the onset and the end of stress become dependent on smoking.
Smokers stay slim for longer
First, there are a lot of smoking fat men around. Secondly, dulling the feeling of hunger with a cigarette, you provoke the development of gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. Thirdly, losing weight through smoking is the same as inoculating yourself with an infectious disease and “melting before our eyes” from it.
Light cigarettes are not as harmful as regular ones
Alas, this is not the case. Constantly using light cigarettes, smokers inhale more often and deeper, which later can lead to cancer not of the lungs themselves, but of the so-called pulmonary “periphery” – alveoli and small bronchi.
Smoking promotes concentration
No. Stimulation of the nervous system with nicotine depletes the energy capacity of the brain. Tobacco becomes a kind of stimulant: when performing complex mental work, a person begins to smoke one cigarette after another, only in order not to lose this same concentration of attention.
It is impossible to quit smoking by gradually reducing the dose of nicotine
Difficult, but possible. Nevertheless, instead of smoking not 10, but 5 cigarettes a day, it is better to undergo substitution therapy. It consists in the fact that in the first time after quitting smoking, a certain dose of nicotine is introduced into the body, reducing the severity of the withdrawal syndrome. Nicotine-containing chewing gums, patches, lozenges and aerosols are available.