Q. I am craving just one cigarette, will it do any harm?
A. You are administering a drug that will reach your brain within seven seconds and which is as addictive as heroin. Just one often leads to another and another.
Q. Will I get withdrawal symptoms when I quit smoking?
A. The majority of people do get withdrawal symptoms (e.g. mood changes, feeling irritable or depressed, poor concentration, problems with sleeping, feeling restless). All withdrawal symptoms though are a sign that your body is recovering from the effects of tobacco.
Q. Isn't it as bad to be overweight as to be a smoker?
A. No, smokers suffer from many diseases and about one half of all smokers die as a result of smoking. The risks to your health of being a little overweight are small compared to the risk of smoking. Once you have cracked the smoking you will have more energy to tackle any weight gain.
Q. Smoking won’t harm me until I’m older, will it?
A. Actually, if you smoke now, it can hurt you now. Some of the harmful effects of smoking occur straight away, and smoking related diseased can kill people at surprisingly young ages.
Q. What is in the cigarettes I smoke?
A. In addition to nicotine, there are more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke. Some of them are also in wood varnish, the insect poison DDT, arsenic, nail polish remover, and rat poison. The ashes, tar, gases, and other poisons in cigarettes harm your body over time, damaging your heart and lungs, and making it harder for you to taste and smell things and fight infections.
Q. What kind of things can I do if I feel the urge to smoke a cigarette?
A. If you have the urge to smoke a cigarette, talk with someone, go for a walk, drink water, or get busy with a task. Reduce your stress by taking a hot bath, exercising, or reading a book. Talk to your doctor before increasing your activity level if you have not been active.
Q. When I quit smoking, will I gain weight?
A. Many smokers gain weight when they quit, but it is usually less than 10 pounds. Eat a healthy diet, stay active, and try not to let weight gain distract you from your main goal - quitting smoking.
Aiming for a variety of fruit and vegetables in your diet is important because different foods contain different vitamins, minerals and nutrients.