The Big Tobacco Lies

For many years, tobacco companies have successfully hidden the health risks of smoking through clever and arguably deceptive marketing. Although there’s a health warning written on every cigarette pack, this does not seem to help smokers get educated about the dangers of smoking. In fact, a study that was conducted by some researchers involving 1,404 smokers of varying ethnicities has confirmed the ignorance of smokers regarding the health risks of cigarettes.

The good thing though is the majority of the smokers involved in the clinical trial has become motivated to quit smoking after learning the risks. Moreover, others have expressed their anger and regret towards frequent smoking.

The tobacco industry is assuming that everyone knows already the health risks brought by cigarette smoking. They have a point. Why won’t people know if all the surgeon’s health warnings are already there at the back of cigarette packs?

Tobacco makers claim that the scientific proof confirming the connection between smoking and cancer has only come out recently. They add that smokers are the ones to blame if they get lung cancer and heart diseases.

Tobacco makers claim that the scientific proof confirming the connection between smoking and cancer has only come out recently. They add that smokers are the ones to blame if they get lung cancer and heart diseases.

These controversial issues caught the attention of various countries. In response, government agencies are ordering tobacco companies to make corrective statements in various types of advertisements.

They want the industry to disclose the real danger of cigarettes to human health through online print ads, newspapers, and primetime television spots for everyone to see. That way, consumers and future smokers will think twice of smoking after seeing the harmful effects of cigarettes to their health. Moreover, they will become wise enough not to be deceived by tobacco companies.

Here are some of the lies that the tobacco industry doesn’t want you to know.

Harmful effects of smoking. Tobacco use kills more Americans than alcohol abuse, murders, and car accidents. Smoking-related health conditions are the leading causes of death in the U.S.

The Addictiveness of smoking and nicotine. Smoking cigarettes are addictive because of the presence of nicotine, and very difficult to quit. As we all know, nicotine is one of the most used addictive drugs in the U.S.

The lack of any significant health benefit from smoking lighter cigarettes. Lighter cigarettes are not safe if you’re conscious of your health. Also, note that switching to low-tar or ultra-light cigarettes is not a solution to avoid smoking-related diseases.

Manipulation of cigarette design and composition to ensure nicotine delivery.

The adverse health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke is dangerous to your health. A person who is exposed to secondhand smoke may get heart diseases and lung cancer.

Now, tobacco companies are pushing unregulated e-cigarettes to continue flourishing in the market despite the controversial issues. These alternative cigarettes consist of a battery, an atomizer for storing liquid, and a cartridge with e-liquids. These are marketed as less harmful alternatives to addicted smokers and are offered in various flavors.

The e-cigarette is becoming more and more popular and millions of people use them as an alternative to quitting smoking. Although they emit vapor, there’s no evidence yet that they may cause serious heart and lung diseases.

Basic Quitting Tips

In 2014, around 1 billion people were smoking cigarettes. That was equivalent to 20% of the world’s population. Being able to stop smoking is a great way to boost your health. It can lessen your chances of acquiring cancer and other lung conditions.

According to WHO, 480,000 Americans are killed by smoking cigarettes yearly. In addition to this, even those who don’t smoke are affected. There are around 41,000 deaths due to second-hand smoke.

Nicotine is the substance that makes smoking cigarettes highly addictive. How exactly can you stop smoking cigarettes? Here are some useful tips on how you can successfully quit smoking.

  • Cold Turkey

Doctors highly suggest doing it cold turkey. That means waking up the next day without any cigarettes whatsoever. This can be quite difficult especially for someone who has been smoking for years. Cigarette withdrawal will most likely kick in if you opt to do it this way.

If you opt to remove the habit abruptly, it is imperative that you are prepared for the consequences. It is a good idea that you find an alternative habit to smoking.  For instance, you may want to keep yourself busy with other hobbies.

Nicotine replacement therapy

A lot of times, nicotine replacement therapy works especially if you are worried about the withdrawal symptoms associated with the lack of nicotine in your system. It comes in the form of nicotine patches or using e-cigarettes that have different nicotine content in their liquid.

The common problem that you’ll encounter with nicotine replacement therapy though is that you may still become over-reliant on nicotine that your dependence on nicotine remains even after a long time.

  • Stay away from people who smoke

It is easy to find yourself tempted to smoke. If you are going to quit smoking, it is a good idea that you don’t go near people who are also smoking. This lessens the chances of failing to quit smoking.

Instead, it is a good idea that you stick with people who are also trying to quit smoking. You can find yourself getting support from them. You’ll feel relieved by the fact that you are not the only one suffering. You can also talk to a therapist if you feel that the urge is simply too strong for you.

  • Eat antioxidants

Anti-oxidants can help get rid of nicotine and other toxins that are found in your system. This can help lead to a lesser impact on your withdrawal symptoms. Foods that can help you detox include orange, water, spinach, and broccoli to name a few.

  • Body Detox Systems

There are some body detox systems marketed to help purge nicotine from your body quickly, and therefore ending the urges quicker. Some even come with a home urine drug test kit that enables you to test the levels of cotinine (a metabolite of nicotine).

Seeing your urine detox levels drop significantly, supposedly gives you a psychological boost as well to help in quitting for good. I haven’t tried these yet but they are quite popular. Just be prepared to go on a 3-4 day diet and eat certain foods that are part of the detox regimen.

  • Do some physical exercises

Exercise can help get your attention away from smoking. In addition to this, you will also increase your endorphins. This elevates your mood which is a great way to counteract the effect of withdrawal symptoms that can get you depressed.

It even helps in getting rid of chemicals that are stuck in your system. When you work out, you can flush toxins out of your system when you sweat. You can even go to the sauna after a workout to clean your system and lessen the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.