Quitting Smoking: The Nicotine Myth Debunked

Last month, I told you about smoking having a direct effect on diminishing your brain power, much the same way alcoholism does. Interestingly, smokers have a hard time quitting because they hold onto the mistaken belief nicotine causes cancer, according to a new study.

More than 1,100 patients enrolled in a smoking cessation program were polled about their risk of developing cancer, beliefs about smoking and nicotine's overblown role. By the numbers, more than 70 percent of women and almost 60 percent of men believed nicotine causes cancer. And, virtually the same percentages of women and men believed smoking "light" cigarettes reduced their exposure to nicotine and cancer risks.

Many smokers won't go near a nicotine patch, however, fearing it's just as deadly as lighting up, according to the lead researcher. Fact is, one's cancer risk is governed by his or her exposure to cigarette smoke, chock full of damaging carcinogens and neurotoxins, not nicotine.

Nicotine is such a powerful drug, it certainly overrides one's common sense, considering a recent study pegged the true cost of smoking at nearly $40 a pack...

The only way to lower your cancer risk, as I see it, is through complete abstinence, and an awesome energy psychology tool, like the Emotional Freedom Technique, will help you do that, safely and effectively.

Yahoo News November 1, 2005

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