When it comes to giving up smoking, everyone has their own opinion. In many cases they are based on experience, but a large number of them are hearsay. It is these dangerous myths that keep people smoking and not even attempt to give up. We have pulled together the most common stop smoking myths and explain why they’re just that – myths.
5 Stop Smoking Myths BUSTED
Myth No 1 – I’ve been smoking for so long, the damage is already done
As soon as you stop smoking, your lungs, heart and blood vessels start to heal themselves. After only 72 hours without smoking breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase. After 5 years your risk of heart attack falls to about half of that of a smoker. For more amazing figures like this, please visit this previous blog post.
Myth No 2 – Quitting smoking is expensive
According to NHS resources, an average smoker spends about £3000 per year – year after year after year. Spending a few of hundred pounds or even £1000 pounds on quitting will pay for itself very quickly.
Many people aren’t even considering the additional costs that being a smoker brings. Increased home, car and life insurance, lower resale value of a car, loss of earnings through higher number of sick days, costs of redecorating the home due to smoke stains, etc.
Myth No 3 – Giving up smoking will make me more stressed
Any stress relief from cigarettes is only temporary. Nicotine changes the balance of chemicals in your brain providing stress relief. The brain, however, quickly gets used to the altered balance and requires higher and higher doses of nicotine to achieve the same effect. It can be taking the breaths that is the main stress reliever, so a mindfulness breathing space can be a healthy alternative.
In fact, smokers are at a much higher risk of anxiety and depression than non-smokers (70% higher). In addition, the addictive effects of smoking cause even higher stress levels.
Myth No 4 – My otherwise healthy lifestyle counteracts any negative effects of smoking
No amount of diet and exercise can reverse the effect smoking has on your body. Smoking can cause cancer anywhere in your body, and massively increase the likelihood of stroke, heart attack and lung disease.
Myth No 5 – Occasional smoking won’t hurt me
Even small amounts of smoke cause damage to your blood vessels and make your blood more likely to clot. There is no safe level of smoking. The only way to avoid the damage is to stop smoking altogether.
The Live Well Practice can help you to stop smoking
As a hypnotherapist and mindfulness practitioner I have been helping people in and around Nottingham to quit smoking since 2010. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with me, Samantha Culshaw-Robinson on firstname.lastname@example.org or 075 222 777 22.