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Smoking Rumours

There are lots of rumours about smoking - can you tell fact from fiction?
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Less people in the UK are smokers than non-smokers
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That's right! Nowadays fewer than 1 in 5 people in the UK smoke!
Wrong - Nowadays fewer than 1 in 5 people in the UK smoke!
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All teenagers smoke, so if I don’t I’ll be the odd one out
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Not true. Only 3% of 11–15-year-olds, 4% of 14-year-olds, and 8% of 15-year-olds smoke. That’s fewer than one in 10.
That's right - Not all teenagers smoke so you won't look like a weirdo, if you don't!
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Roll-ups are more harmful than ready-rolled cigarettes
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You're wrong. Whether you smoke roll-ups or ready-rolled cigarettes, they contain tobacco. When you set light to the tobacco, it produces smoke that contains 4,000 chemicals. Our bodies aren’t designed to take in smoke!
That's right. All forms of cigarettes are harmful to you and should be avoided.
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Smoking is a good way to keep your weight down
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Wrong – smoking can actually cause serious health problems, so while it’s true that smoking can reduce a smoker’s appetite, the result is usually that they eat a far less healthy diet. This means that they often have less energy to be physically active because of a lack of nutrients. It’s a vicious cycle, as being less physically active results in weight gain
You got it! Smoking can actually cause serious health problems, so while it’s true that smoking can reduce a smoker’s appetite, the result is usually that they eat a far less healthy diet. This means that they often have less energy to be physically active because of a lack of nutrients. It’s a vicious cycle, as being less physically active results in weight gain
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Smoking relieves stress
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Wrong – nicotine addiction and the resulting withdrawal symptoms actually cause stressful feelings that can only be relieved by having the next cigarette
You're right - nicotine addiction and the resulting withdrawal symptoms actually cause stressful feelings that can only be relieved by having the next cigarette
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You need to be smoking for years before it will do you any harm
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Wrong – smoking just a few cigarettes can really make a difference to your fitness and energy levels
You're right - smoking just a few cigarettes can really make a difference to your fitness and energy levels

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