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Myths About Quitting Smoking

Quitting Smoking: The Myths

According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, it is estimated that more than 45 million former smokers are living in the United States today. Here are some common myths about quitting smoking.


Myth #1: Tobacco use is just a bad habit.
Truth: Tobacco use is an addiction. Nicotine can be as addictive as heroin or cocaine.

Myth #2: Quitting is just a matter of willpower.
Truth: Tobacco usage is an addiction, quitting is often very difficult. A number of treatments are available that can help.

Myth #3: If you can't quit the first time you try, you will never be able to quit.
Truth: Quitting can be difficult but not impossible. Usually people make several tries before being able to quit for good.

Myth #4: The best way to quit is "cold turkey."
Truth: Research now shows that the most effective way to quit is by using a combination of practical counseling, support and FDA-approved medications.


Dan Jacobsen, NP, shows a group of quitters how lungs look after years of smoking.