Test Your Smoking IQ Answers
1. Smokeless tobacco is a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes.
False. According to the American Heart Association, smokeless tobacco products have a high risk of addiction and should not be used as an alternative to smoking. Smokeless products are linked to a higher risk of certain cancers and fatal strokes and heart attacks.
2. You can improve your chances of quitting smoking by joining a smoking cessation program.
True. People who participate in smoking cessation programs have a higher rate of success in quitting.
3. A cigarette contains more nicotine than chewing tobacco.
False. Chews, dips and other smokeless tobacco products contain more nicotine.
4. If you have been smoking for 10 years or more, you cannot improve your health by quitting.
False. Although the healthful effects of quitting are most dramatic in the earlier years of smoking, you can still improve your health by quitting after many years of smoking.
5. Certain medications that help you quit smoking take a couple weeks to start working.
True. Some medications should be taken 1 or 2 weeks before your quit day in order for them to work.
6. If you are trying to quit, it is a good idea to keep a couple of cigarettes around “just in case.”
False. When you make the decision to quit smoking or chewing, you should get rid of all tobacco products – so that you reduce the temptation to use them.
7. Dipping tobacco contains cyanide and arsenic.
True. It also contains other unhealthy ingredients.
8. Smoking makes you appear more attractive.
False. Smokers eventually tend to develop unattractive traits, such as stained teeth, wrinkles, hacking coughs, bags under the eyes from lack of sleep and thinning hair that tends to go gray faster.
9. Tobacco users tend to sleep more soundly.
False. People who use tobacco products report having more difficulty getting a good night’s sleep. This could be due to the fact that the body undergoes withdrawal from nicotine during the night.
10. Smoking can contribute to baldness in men.
True. According to at least one study, men who smoke are twice as likely as nonsmokers to go bald.
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