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Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at some reasons we should consider quitting smoking, for example, to save more money, have more energy and breath to keep up with our nieces and nephews, or cut our risks of diabetes.

You’re convinced that quitting’s the right way to go, but you’re not sure if you can make it. We’re here to help!

This week, we bust some myths that may have been causing you to have second thoughts about stubbing out.

Myth #1: It’s too late to quit, the damage is done.

Not true! It’s never too late to quit smoking. Whether you’ve smoked for decades or months, and no matter your age, quitting will improve your health and decrease your risks of diseases.

In fact, you’ll feel better just eight hours after you put out your last cigarette, as oxygen levels in your blood return to normal. And within two short days, your chances of having a heart attack is reduced.

Related: Quit Smoking Tips for People with Diabetes

Myth #2: I can escape the risks by smoking less.

Will cutting down on the number of cigarettes you smoke keep you safe from diseases like diabetes and lung cancer? No. There is no safe amount of exposure to cigarette smoke — one cigarette is still one too many.

If you are thinking of reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke, make it a goal to gradually work towards zero!

Related: Smoking Increases Your Risk of Diabetes

Myth #3: Quitting will cause me to be moody and irritable.

True, quitting could cause us to experience withdrawal symptoms like moodiness and irritability. Don’t worry, they’re normal signs that your body is recovering from the harmful effects of smoking, and last only a short while.

Withdrawal symptoms are usually worse in the first week, and they often disappear after the first two to three weeks when the feeling of wellbeing starts to kick in.

Related: Weather the Withdrawal

Myth #4: Failing to quit once means you’ll never succeed.

Not true — most smokers take more than six attempts to quit successfully[1], so don’t give up! Treat your attempts as “practice rounds”, and learn from what went wrong. Then use this knowledge to give it another try.

Related: Help Someone Quit Smoking

Myth #5: I will gain weight after quitting.

Not everyone will gain weight after stubbing out, so don’t fret too much about gaining a “spare tire”.

The reason some of us might put on weight is that our sense of taste recovers after we quit smoking, so food might seem yummier and we might eat more than usual.

Still concerned? You can do something to prevent weight gain after quitting, for example, by eating healthier and moving more. Good thing we can enjoy lighter, lower-calorie dishes like yong tau foo and steamed fish with our recovered sense of taste!

Related: Weigh to Go! Quit Smoking Without Weight Gain

Resources for Quitting

Join the I Quit 28-Day Countdown now! Call QuitLine at 1800 438 2000 for support, and visit participating retail pharmacies for advice and products that can help you quit.


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References

  1. Chaiton, M., Diemaert, L., Cohen, J. E., Bondy, S. J., Selby, P., Philipneri, A., et al. (2016, Jun 9). Estimating the number of quit attempts it takes to quit smoking successfully in a longitudinal cohort of smokers. BMJ Open, 6(6), e011045.
    Retrieved October 2017 from http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/6/e011045