There are loads of smoking myths out there so we’ve answered the ones we hear most often.
Menthol cigarettes are the same as any other pack of cigarettes except they have a minty flavour which is used to make the smoke less harsh. This means the smoker doesn’t notice the irritation from the smoke and tends to cough less.
This view comes from TV, film and cartoons. Film producers aren’t stupid, they know what people like in a character and they might even receive money for showing certain products so it kinda helps if that character smokes. They know if they make a hot, attractive character a smoker, then we’re more likely to fall for that person as opposed to the ugly outcast who smokes.
Nicotine, the addictive part in cigarettes, generally makes smokers feel less hungry so they tend to eat less than they should and this is what ‘makes you thin.’
Some people think smoking rollies is ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ but they contain the same tobacco, the same additives and the same 4000 chemicals as ready-rolled cigarettes.
Smoking a spliff is still a case of burning tobacco but now it’s got another substance in it too which makes the smoke harsh and strong. It creates very thick smoke that carries poisons. Smoking a blunt isn’t that different either – the smoke still contains thousands of harmful chemicals.
Well, it can certainly make you look old! Smoking dries out skin because the smoke goes into the blood which slows down red blood cells (the ones which carry oxygen). This reduces the blood ﬂow to the skin and starves the skin of oxygen, meaning you’re more likely to get the infections which cause spots and they’ll take longer to heal too. Taking a drag from a cigarette creates fine lines around your pout and eyes too.
Shisha is tobacco. Any form of tobacco, flavoured or not, still has all the bad stuff in it. Shisha smoke can be worse for you than cigarette smoke because shisha tobacco is often smoked over charcoal which makes a thicker, stronger smoke. The smoke from burning charcoal also contains carbon monoxide and other harmful stuff. Shisha contains nicotine unless it specifically says otherwise on the packet.
It’s never too late to quit smoking! We’ve all heard the stories of “my mate’s nan smoked ‘til she was 90” but the fact is 1 in 2 long-term smokers will die because of it. Within 20 years of quitting, your heart and lungs will almost be the same as a non-smoker’s so the sooner you can quit, the better!
Being addicted to anything makes stress worse in the first place. Stressed smokers feel the need to smoke to return their feelings to ‘normal’ because their nicotine levels are dropping. This causes withdrawal symptoms like feeling irritated and jittery which can be confused with feeling stressed.
80% of cigarette smoke is invisible so you can’t see where it is going. Second-hand smoke, when someone else breathes in your smoke, is dangerous to your friends, family, pets… basically anyone who is near you when you’re smoking. Opening a door or window doesn’t help either – the smoke will be around you regardless.
Just a few cigarettes or breathing in the smoke from other people’s cigarettes when they’re smoking near you is risky and will damage your lungs (and other things!) Nicotine is highly addictive and it only takes a few cigarettes to get hooked. It’s just as difficult to quit a ‘smoke with a drink’ habit as it is to quit daily smoking, this is called a habitual addiction.
This depends on if they follow a vegan / veggie diet or lifestyle. If they follow diet only then usually yes, they can smoke but if they follow a vegan / veggie lifestyle and beliefs then no, they shouldn’t smoke. Be wary though, there’s a flavouring used in some tobaccos called Castoreum. It’s a secretion from a gland next to a beaver’s bum hole. No joke. To get this, they kill the beaver but obviously your cigarettes won’t list this as an ingredient. Testing takes place on hundreds of thousands of animals each year to see the effects of smoking on their lungs, limbs and whole bodies. Deforestation is huge in tobacco growing areas, destroying animals’ habitats and often killing the animals that are already living in those areas. American Spirit is popular among vegans but they’re owned by Reynolds American who have been accused of animal cruelty.