posted on Sep, 17 2009 @ 01:06 PM
There are actually a lot of health benefits to smoking Tobacco, even though all we hear about are the negative health benefits.
Some of the other benefits include (other than mentioned in my previous post):
* Tobacco decreases appetite
* Tobacco raises metabolic rate
* Tobacco can deter diabetic shock (although it is not a recommended use of treating low blood sugar, although if one chain smoked, it would suffice
until one got to their insulin supply)
* Tobacco greatly reduces the risk of ulcerative colitis
* Tobacco stunts the development of Kaposi’s sarcoma
* Tobacco has been proven to prevent and protect against sarcoidosis
* Tobacco has positive effect on short-term memory and quickens memory recall.
* Tobacco increases reaction time.
* Tobacco may prevent, or at least slow, certain brain ailments such as Alzheimer's
* Tobacco has been found to prevent Parkinson's disease
* Tobacco is useful in the treating symptoms of Tourette's disease.
* Tobacco has been found to aid in treating Sleep Apnea
As far as the health risks of Tobacco, most of them are not related to Tobacco itself (especially heritage Tobaccos prior to the Y1 Strain which is
now the most commonly used Tobacco in Tobacco products that was engineered and designed to maximize the Nicotene content). For the most part the risks
of modern Tobacco (especially that grown in the United States) come from the use of Apatite for fertilizer as this substance contains Radium, Lead
210, and Polonium 210, all of which are carcinogenic.
Also the other 598 ingredients commonly found in Cigarettes are contributing causes to the health risks involved with smoking Tobacco. Things like
Arsenic, Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Hydrogen Cyanide, DDT, Benzene, Butane, Cadmium, Ethyl Furoate, Lead, Methoprene, Megastigmatrienone, Napthalene,
Methyl Isocyanate, and the radiocarbon Polonium, among many others, aren't a very smart thing to be exposing one's internal body to!
Although the OP's post certainly got me thinking about Chewing Tobaccos. With inhaled smoke from Tobacco, most of the toxicity is going to be
consumed by fire, so you are getting mostly inhaled Carbon particles...but with Chewing Tobacco you would be ingesting quite a bit of the toxicity
through the thin membranes of the mouth lining. So, not only is Chewing Tobacco a gross, disgusting habit, that might explain why the health risks are
far greater with Chewing Tobacco than with Smoking Tobacco. Although it would stand to reason that Snuff would be equally as dangerous and toxic as
the Nicotene would more easily get into the blood-stream through the mucous membranes.
But back to the OP's original post specifically, soaking either Tobacco or Cigarettes in Water has been used for a long time as an effective