Health Tip: Exploding Some Myths About Smoking

'Low tar and nicotine' cigarettes may actually increase cravings

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(HealthDayNews) -- There's no substitute for quitting smoking, especially cigarette smoking.

And there's no shortcut, either, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For example, smoking "low-tar, low-nicotine" cigarettes does little good. Nicotine is so addictive that even if you switch to low-nicotine brands, you'll just puff harder and longer on each cigarette, increasing your cravings, the CDC says./p>

Here's a suggestion: Write down why you want to quit. The most obvious reasons have to do with being healthier, being in control of your life, and protecting your family.

Acknowledge that it will take effort to quit smoking, CDC experts say. This will help you deal with the symptoms of withdrawal, such as bad moods. There is no easy way to quit smoking.

Finally, seek help if you need it. Your doctor can help you find the right resources and support groups.

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