A survey conducted by the National Health and Morbidity Study (NHMS) in 2016 found that nearly five million Malaysians smoke while 7.6 million adults are exposed to secondhand smoke The odds are at least one of your family members or colleagues who also smoke and while we all know that smoking is bad and one of the leading causes of lung cancer in Malaysia, how much do we really know? Well, whether you are a smoker or not, here are some very common misconceptions to take into account:
For many Malaysians, especially those who smoke only during "special occasions" such as parties or events (also known as social smokers), they often think that this will not affect their health. Even if he does, is not very bad.
Unfortunately, he could not be wrong. Studies show that smoking just one cigarette a day can increase your chances to die from a heart attack three times, while lung cancer deaths may increase by three to five times . Overall, the risk of death for whatever reason was increased by 57% than those who did not smoke. Although it smokes only one cigarette a day or a week, is much better than those who smoke a whole pack every day, that does not mean you're safe from the health risks in smoking.
2. Own tobacco is much better and "healthier" than ready-made tobaccos
is not such a thing as "Healthier" alternative when it comes to smoking. Secondly, Rolling Tobacco actually contains much more additives than finished cigarettes. One of the many reasons is that cigarette rolls require more moisturizers to prevent them from drying out too quickly.
Indeed, when a tobacco company in New Zealand was asked to report on the volume of additives used, it was found that their manufactured cigarettes had only 0.2% of the total tobacco supplements, whereas the 22.5 %. This is a big difference! This means that every pulse of smoke that you inhale from the rolled cigarette will contain more gases and particles than the thermal partial decomposition of the chemical additives in the tobacco mixture. 3. Use of nicotine replacement products such as nicotine resin or patches is just as bad as cigarette smoking
It is common for smokers and non-smokers that even if you feel the smell of cigarettes, it is not really harmful to your health, as long as you do not breathe actual smoke from a burning cigarette. Sorry this is not true . In fact, tobacco toxins can accumulate over time on clothing, car seats, and other materials. Every time you smoke, you create a layer of toxic chemicals on these objects and with over 250 poisonous toxins found in cigarette smoke, including lead do you imagine how much it accumulates in the objects around you? Although smoke and toxins are not visible and they can not smell with time, it does not mean that you do not inhale them in your body. Even worse, if there are young children!
Smoking is good while practicing and maintaining a healthy diet
News flash! No exercise or fruit and vegetables can reduce the health risks caused by smoking cigarettes. Development and healthy eating can make you feel good about yourself, but that does not change the fact that your body – especially your lungs – is still full of toxins from your cigarette. And while your exercises help you burn calories, it does not burn the chemicals and tobacco that crumble in the lungs. In fact, smoking can prevent you from doing smooth workouts, especially since carbon monoxide from smoking may narrow the arteries and cause the blood to become thicker.
6. There is no such thing as a less risky or harmful alternative, so we can stick to cigarettes
terribly misconception too many Malaysians believe. Although leaving this habit, of course, will be the best option, if you find it too difficult to do so, there are actually less harmful alternatives to cigarettes. After all, one of the main reasons why cigarettes are so bad is because they emit smoke when burned, which in turn releases tar and carbon monoxide in the lungs.
Today, however, we have many alternatives to cigarettes, many of which do not require tobacco burning. Some of these include electronic cigarettes, vape, nicotine resin, and so on. In fact, one of the most commonly used cigarette smoking alternatives that the Malaysians have recently used is known as the IQOS – Tobacco Heating System. This device works with a uniquely processed tobacco rod that heats up enough to release aromatic nicotine-containing tobacco vapor without burning it. Do you or any of you who know you use electronic cigarettes or IQOS as an alternative to smoking? Tell us what you think about it in the comments section! Also, if you know about other common misconceptions about smoking, let us know!