Are you still smoking? 6 of the most popular facts and myths about smoking

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Most people are aware that smoking increases the risk for heart, vascular, and lung disease. Many do not realize that smoking can also lead to problems with fertility in both men and women.  

 

Cigarettes are OK, I don’t feel bad after smoking them

NO

A single cigarette contains 400 chemical compounds, some of which are toxic and carcinogenic. Nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar, arsenic, ammonia and hydrogen cyanide are among the ingredients in cigarettes which can also contribute to heart and lung damage.

 

Smoking can lead to miscarriage

YES

Women who smoke in pregnancy are more likely than non-smokers to have a miscarriage. The fetus is at an increased risk of low birth weight, being born prematurely and having birth defects.

 

Smokers are at risk of getting cancer

YES

Remember that smokers are at a higher risk of getting the cancerous effects of smoking and more prone to developing cervical cancer.

 

Passive smoking is fine

NO

Women exposed to secondhand smoke can suffer all the health risks associated with smoking. Pregnant women are at a higher risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, early birth, learning or behavioral deficiencies in your child, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) if they are a second hand smoker.

 

Smoking can affect my menstrual cycle

YES

According to the ACOG, women who smoke experience more severe premenstrual symptoms and have a 50 percent increase in cramps lasting two or more days.

 

It’s very hard to quit smoking

NO

Today, there are various support groups and techniques to quit smoking.

Studies suggest that women are more likely to engage in smoking in the first half of the menstrual cycle. Women may be more successful at quitting if they set a quit date during the second half of their menstrual cycle, when brain activity is more likely to support greater control over smoking-related urges and behaviors.

 


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