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Myths About Smoking

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There are many myths about cigarettes. Some are triggered due to lack of information, and some are ‘triggered’ to support the habit of smoking itself. Let’s look at some popular myths about cigarettes.

Cigarettes are harmful

A cigarette has various types of poisonous substances containing tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide which are very dangerous and harmful to health.

Main Ingredients cigarette

nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, benzene, cadmium, hydrogen cyanide and acetone.

Alternatives

Public Health England (PHE) vaping or e-cigarettes is an effective way to help smokers quit smoking.

numbers

Cigarette are harmful

0 cigarette
Produces more than 6,000 harmful chemicals and fine particles
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From the first time a cigarette is smoked, the nicotine in it will seep into the brain
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Smokers who quit before the age of 35 can prevent risk of health problems

From the first time a cigarette is smoked, the nicotine in it will seep into the brain in just 10 seconds, stimulating the production of the hormone dopamine which brings a sense of calm within. This hormone is also felt to be able to improve mood and focus, reduce stress, relax muscles and reduce appetite. However, all these effects are temporary because the brain will begin to get used to the dose of nicotine taken and begin to reduce the production of the hormone dopamine. This will cause a person to be addicted to smoking again and again, because they ‘miss’ the sense of calm and try to get it back. Unknowingly, the number of cigarettes smoked will also increase, because a small amount is no longer able to produce a similar level of sensation.

The smoke from burning ONE cigarette produces more than 6,000 harmful chemicals and fine particles, of which 80 are categorized as carcinogens, including nicotine. Carcinogens are substances that can cause the growth of cancer in living cells and tissues, damage DNA and disrupt the metabolic processes of cells. That is, if a stick. Imagine how many sticks are said to be ‘not often’? In addition to 80 carcinogens that stimulate cells, smoking has also been proven to invite the risk of critical diseases such as heart failure, pneumonia and many more. So, to directly eliminate the danger, how about we change from ‘not smoking often’ to ‘not smoking anymore’?.

If you look at the visuals and images displayed in movies or social media videos by our favorite stars, maybe. But it’s all just acting. According to a journal published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2013, just five years of smoking is enough to cause changes in a person’s face. Among the most noticeable are the formation of sunken eye bags, wrinkled lips, deeper smile lines and hollow cheeks. Smokers will also look older with dull skin. Those who smoke every day also face a 20 percent risk of developing psoriasis. And if this daily habit has been formed for more than 11 years, this risk can increase to 60 percent. Psoriasis is a scaly skin condition that is red, patchy and flaky. This condition will remain with the sufferer for a long period of time, and there is still no cure. ‘Cool’ right?

Various efforts have been made by various parties to reduce the number of smokers, including urging the authorities to increase taxes and the price of cigarettes. However, this is not only not ideal for reducing the number of smokers, but also risks triggering other issues such as the sale and smuggling of illegal cigarettes. According to a study conducted by Nielsen in 2019, Malaysia recorded the highest illegal cigarette sales in the world at 58.9%. This also causes our country to lose up to RM5 billion in uncollected tax revenue, in a year. Number of smokers? Still high – according to The Guardian report, 1.1 billion worldwide!.

Director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention USA, Dr. Michael C. Fiore says, the benefits of quitting smoking will be felt from the first day of quitting. In a month, healthy lungs will be able to breathe more fresh air. The risk of heart attack will be reduced by up to 50% in just one year. A study by the American Cancer Society states that smokers who quit before the age of 35 can prevent 90% of the risk of health problems due to smoking. For those who quit before reaching the age of 50, it is expected to live 15 years longer than those who are still strong.

Certainly to continue to stop is very challenging, not to mention if it has been ingrained in the habit for decades. However, there are still ways to reduce the risk of critical illness from smoking. Since these diseases are actually caused by chemicals produced by the smoke of burning tobacco, the risk can be reduced by switching to alternatives that do not produce smoke from combustion, such as electronic cigarettes, vaping and tobacco heating products (HTP). HTP not only does not produce smoke, but also does not produce ash and only releases water vapor. These alternatives are a better ‘stopover’, on the way to quitting smoking completely – this is a fact, not a myth!

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