Five Common Smoking Myths
Myth 1: Smoking is just a bad habit.
Fact: Tobacco use is an addiction. According to
the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline, Treating
Tobacco Use and Dependence, nicotine is a very addictive drug. For
some people, it can be as addictive as heroin or cocaine.
Myth 2: Quitting is just a matter of willpower.
Fact: Because smoking is an addiction, quitting
is often very difficult. A number of treatments are available that can
Myth 3: If you can’t quit the first time you try, you
will never be able to quit.
Fact: Quitting is hard. Usually people make two
or three tries, or more, before being able to quit for good.
Myth 4: The best way to quit is “cold turkey.”
Fact: The most effective way to quit smoking is
by using a combination of counseling and nicotine replacement therapy
(such as the nicotine patch, inhaler, gum, or nasal spray) or
non-nicotine medicines (such as bupropion SR). Your health care provider
or smoking cessation clinic is the best place to go to for help with
Myth 5: Quitting is expensive.
Fact: Treatments cost from $3 to $10 a day. A
pack-a-day smoker spends almost $1,000 per year. Check with your health
insurance plan to find out if smoking cessation medications and/or
counseling are covered.
Source: Office of the U.S. Surgeon General