12/15/2010 08:11 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Quit Smoking: 7 Myths That May Be Keeping You From Quitting (PHOTOS)

Smokers hang on to a variety of myths that ultimately keep them addicted. The fact is that there's no good reason to keep puffing. Any way you look at it, tobacco causes multiple types of cancer, heart disease, cataracts and pneumonia, and shaves years off your life. Every year, nearly 450,000 Americans die of tobacco-related illness. Fortunately, research has conclusively shown that smokers can successfully quit with proper treatment, from behavioral therapy to nicotine replacement systems to medications. To debunk the common myths that keep smokers smoking, we spoke to Iyaad Hasan, medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Tobacco Treatment Center.

7 Smoking Myths That Keep You From Quitting