We all know smoking is bad for our health but many smokers have excuses for why they can't quit. The Doctors debunk some of the most common reasons, once and for all.
Excuse #1: Fear of Depression
One of the biggest reasons that people give is that they are afraid they're going to become depressed because smoking brings them joy. But ER physician Dr. Travis Stork shares that the brain actually makes less dopamine aka the "feel good" chemical when you smoke. So, when you quit smoking your dopamine levels will return to normal in about three months.
Excuse #2: Fear of Sleeplessness
People tend to smoke when they are stressed and they feel like the cigarettes calm them down. But plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon points out that nicotine is a stimulant, which messes up your circadian rhythms and it could affect your body's ability to fall back asleep once you've woken up in the middle of the night.
Excuse #3: Fear They'll Lose Friends
A recent study shows that people actually have more friends after one year of quitting smoking. "So quit smoking and become popular. That's the message here," says attorney Areva Martin.
So really when it comes time to quit, remember that there are really no "if, and's or butts."