Fact or Fiction: Encouraging Someone to Quit Smoking

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Keeping smokers smoking is big business worldwide, so how can individuals beat out the lethal competition for their loved ones? Well-meaning encouragement and sincerity go a long way, but added knowledge can only help in packing a punch at the cigarette pack. Can you 'smoke' the competition? Take the quiz and find out.

Most smokers get addicted after age 21.

The American Lung Association estimates that 86 percent of people who smoke or have smoked started before age 21.

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Nicotine patches can be just as addictive as cigarettes.

Drugs delivered through the skin have a weaker and longer-lasting effect, and studies show that the nicotine patch is not addicting but helps with the withdrawal from inhaling nicotine. The patch is a form of nicotine replacement therapy, though, so some have reported a reliance on the patch itself after they quit smoking.

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On average it takes someone four tries to quit smoking for good.

Estimates and surveys have the average number of attempts at more like seven.

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More men than women in the United States smoke.

More than 23 percent of men and 18.3 percent of women in the United States smoke, according to a 2008 American Lung Association study.

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About one out of every three people in the world smoke.

According to the World Bank, one in three people across the globe smoke. That's 1.1 billion people looking for a light.

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There is less risk of becoming addicted if you experiment with cigarettes before age 18.

Seventy percent of smokers had their first taste before age 18.

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Clove cigarettes were banned in the United States because they were found to contain bug parts.

Clove cigarettes were banned in 2009, but not because of bugs -- although bug-killing insecticides are in tobacco and reports of bug parts in most cigarettes is fairly common. Banning clove cigarettes, or "cloves," had more to do with the fact that the flavored cigarettes appealed to young people.

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Widespread cigarette manufacturing began in the 18th century.

Cigarette manufacturing actually began in the 19th century, which shows how powerfully cigarettes have latched on and grown worldwide in a relatively short amount of time.

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Light cigarettes are no longer available in the United States.

Federal regulations aimed at false claims that "light" cigarettes are less harmful led to a ban on using the term "light" in any cigarette packaging. Cigarette manufacturers can still sell cigarettes in light and regular, but packaging is often shaded in lighter and darker colors, for example, but cannot include the words "light" or "mild."

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It was OK to smoke in the workplace until 2010 in the United States.

Offices, bars and restaurants have been banning smoking on a state-by-state basis, but as of 2011, about 15 states still allowed smoking in the workplace.

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Candy cigarettes may be a good way to teach kids about NOT smoking.

According to a British study republished by the National Institutes of Health, even play smoking leads to a higher likelihood that a young person will smoke the real thing.

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Lungs start healing almost immediately after a smoker quits smoking.

Good news! Organs start to function better and heal within hours, and overall health progressively improves over years after a smoker quits.

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Experts estimate that a habit is likely to remain broken after the 60-day mark.

Many self-help experts would say that the 30-day marker is when it gets much easier to succeed in keeping a habit broken. But data for quitting smoking isn't so easy to pin down to a number of days, weeks or even months.

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The expression "quitting cold turkey" may come from an expression for stopping heroin use.

One theory as to the origin of the phrase for stopping smoking all at once is that recovering drug addicts often lose color, becoming pallid and getting chills and goose bumps that make them, well, turkey-like in appearance. Picture a pre-cooked turkey fresh out of the fridge.

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Some cigarette manufacturers let their designs be copied on candy cigarette packs to create a link from play to real product.

Wish it wasn't true, but it is.

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Cigarettes calm people down and relieve stress.

They actually have the opposite effect on the body, and increase stress levels, though some feel as if smoking calms them down.

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Children of smokers are a lot more likely to become smokers.

Youngsters who see parents smoking and have access to cigarettes at home are two steps "ahead" when peer pressure and just plain curiosity lead to experimenting and often getting hooked: They know how to smoke and often they can sneak cigarettes right at home.

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Virtual cigarette Web sites are a real way to help smokers quit.

Whether taking a virtual smoke break from a desk at work or beating the urge to light up at home, virtual smoking isn't just a joke or online fad, according to studies and testimonials. It can help with cutting down or quitting, not to mention it's cheaper and healthier.

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Smoke-free and non-smoking movements are mostly just U.S. based.

Going smokeless is a worldwide trend, with health initiatives from China, with the highest number of smokers internationally, to France, where smoking often is tied to being chic. Many countries have banned smoking in public and in the workplace.

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Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are entirely safe and very effective for helping stop smoking.

In 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced plans to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products because they carry nicotine to the body the same way as other nicotine replacement therapies. But while the patch and nicotine gums are considered safe, reports vary as to whether these electronic, lookalike cigarettes are safe long-term.

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