5 health benefits of smoking cigarettes

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posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:09 AM
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As some of you know I have recently quit smoking, and I am happy to say that I am still smoke free. I came across this article today, and thought it was interesting that I found it considering I just recently quit. I am not sure I buy into everything it says, but I will post it and see what everyones take on it is.

www.livescience.com...

1. Smoking lowers risk of knee replacement surgery.

The study, from the University of Adelaide in Australia, appears in the July issue of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. What could be the connection? Knee-replacement surgery was more common among joggers and the obese; smokers rarely jog, and they are less likely to be morbidly obese.


2.Smoking lowers risk of Parkinsons Disease.

Harvard researchers were among the first to provide convincing evidence that smokers were less likely to develop Parkinson's. In a study published in Neurology in March 2007, these researchers found the protective effect wanes after smokers quit. And they concluded, in their special scientific way, that they didn't have a clue as to why.


3. Smoking lowers the risk of obesity.

The relationship between smoking and weight control is complex: Nicotine itself acts as both a stimulant and appetite suppressant; and the act of smoking triggers behavior modification that prompts smokers to snack less. Smoking also might make food less tasty for some smokers, further curbing appetite. As an appetite suppressant, nicotine appears to act on a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, at least in mice, as revealed in a study by Yale researchers published in the June 10, 2011, issue of the journal Science.


4. Smoking lowers risk of death after some heart attacks.

Compared with non-smokers, smokers who have had heart attacks seem to have lower mortality rates and more favorable responses to two kinds of therapy to remove plaque from their arteries: fibrinolytic therapy, which is basically medication; and angioplasty, which removes the plaque by inserting balloons or stents into the arteries


There's a catch, though. The reason why smokers have heart attacks is that smoke scars the arteries, allowing fat and plaque to build up in the first place. So, one theory as to why smokers do better than non-smokers after such therapies is that they are younger, experiencing their first heart attack approximately 10 years before the non-smoker.


5. Smoking helps the heart drug clopidogrel work better

A study by Korean researchers in the October 2010 issue of the journal Thrombosis Research builds upon work by Harvard researchers published in 2009 that demonstrates the benefit of smoking at least 10 cigarettes a day. It seems that something in cigarette smoke activates certain proteins called cytochromes, which convert clopidogrel into a more active state


So there you have it. If you are luky enough to avoid all the chronic respritory problems and cancers that smoking has been linked to, then you have these positive things to look forward to.
edit on 20-7-2011 by lcbjr1979 because: typo




posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:13 AM
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Great. Now I have reasons NOT to quit.



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:15 AM
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lol. it is also a laxative..



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:15 AM
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reply to post by lcbjr1979
 


a cigarette gives a wise man time to think, and a fool, something to put in his mouth.



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:22 AM
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i miss smoking cigs



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:23 AM
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Originally posted by LargeFries
reply to post by lcbjr1979
 


a cigarette gives a wise man time to think, and a fool, something to put in his mouth.

I m going to keep on smokeing..
I have found that a cigerette helps when I am trying to diagnose a mechanical problem or think about what im going to say in this post...



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:26 AM
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I knew there was something more I like about smoking other than it keeps me sane with some of the idiots I work with



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:26 AM
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I like that quote.
That is one that definately needs to be on the inside of a fortune cookie






posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:30 AM
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it's a great pleasure while having that very first morning coffee, also the one after lunch, after sex by the window feeling a real man!

if that wasnt enough now we have 5 medical reasons



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:30 AM
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I am also into my third month of no smoking after 33 years, wow it's hard.

Now looking at the list that you posted with your opening thread I can relate to a few of the list. In the last 3 months I have gained weight, so much so that I actually feel more out of breath than what I did when I was smoking.

My stress, depression, being absent minded, forgetful and anxiety has gone through the roof. I have got to the point now where I find myself going to bed early just to close off the day from all the unwanted pangs and symptoms of all the above mentioned. Once I was a person who used to socialise and eagerly visit the pub for a chat and a beer with friends. Now I won't even go to the pub, which has always been my favourite place and also a large daily/weekly event in British culture. I can't go to the pub and have a beer without having a cigarette, it's like I have lost my best friend or my lover has left me for another man. I absolutely hate it............

The reason for all this bloody crap, BECAUSE I HAVE STOPPED SMOKING, he said in a shouting and stressful manner............

I still wander the streets and hang out by people who are smoking just so that I can get a whiff of their cigarette smoke. My right hand is now redundant, just don't offer me a Camel, Marlboro or a Lucky Strike, I may just rip ya hand off..........................Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:31 AM
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I had always heard about nicotine having a positive affect on the brain. I did a little web searching and found this article. This one should be number 6, but since the previous article I linked to only has top 5 i guess this one got left out, although it could have very easily replaced the knee replacement. I guess it could be tied into the parkinsons disease one but I think it deserves its own number.

www.scienceagogo.com...


The remarkable protective effects of nicotine — the addictive chemical in tobacco — on the brain are continuing to surprise scientists. One recent study has found that one of nicotine's metabolites, cotinine, may improve memory and protect brain cells from diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Another new study shows that nicotine can help improve some of the learning and memory problems associated with hypothyroidism. Such studies suggest that nicotine — or drugs that mimic nicotine — may one day prove beneficial in the treatment of neurological disorders.



"These findings don't mean people should smoke," warns neuroscientist Michael Kuhar of Emory University. "Any benefits from the nicotine in cigarettes or other tobacco products are far outweighed by the proven harm of using those products. But pure nicotine-like compounds as medications do show promise for treating human disorders."


I was going to add something else but I cant remember what it was. Guess my memory is starting to fail since I quit.


Now I remember. Before I started smoking I had asthma. As soon as I started smoking I never had another asthma. I am sure I just grew out of the condition, because I dont see any way that smoking can cure asthma. I just thought it was really interesting that the asthma went away.
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posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:38 AM
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3. Smoking lowers the risk of obesity.


I am a smoker at the moment, but there was this time about a year ago where I had to quit smoking for 3 months. (Although I had nicotine gum 3 times per day)

At the very first day, I weighed about 130 lbs. At the end of the 3 month period, I weighed 155 lbs. I never noticed myself gaining that weight until I saw on the...weighing machine (I cant think of the name its called at the moment
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*I also had to completely quit drinking alcohol for that same 3 month period to, so that may of have something to do with it to.



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:45 AM
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Lifting weights and lots of hiking is SO key to successfully avoiding all these symptoms, and it totally makes you realize just how retarded you have been, I quit on Jan 5 , ( the hangovers and stress of New Years took me a few extra days) and the drinking stopped at the same time.

I have gained weight yes,, but its 30 pounds of muscle, and believe you me i am not going to stop now, and start burning money on those things...

EVERYONE should quit all at once, on JULY 31......



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:54 AM
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Oh cool, another FAD. Please give us more excuses to love our own flaws that we can't possibly cope with on our own.

Shouldn't there be a book of laws explaining the health benefits of self-positivity?

1. What you do is a choice, live with it and be happy, or die in regret. Thus, live with what you choose.

END

Shortest, most important book ever.



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 12:58 AM
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lol come on now you and me both know that book would never sell. There is no doom and gloom.



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 01:29 AM
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haha

2. If you are unsatisfied with one of your life choices (regardless of how small), throw yourself over the nearest 45m drop-zone and let gravity do its job.

Gravity never regrets.
edit on 20-7-2011 by PhysicsAdept because: 9.81m/(s^2)



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 01:57 AM
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I would be curious as to if anybody else on here has heard of other benefits to smoking/nicotine, and if so throw up a link or two for us to read.



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 06:00 AM
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There's no point living a long miserable life, you mayas well just cut it down by a few years and start smoking again



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 06:59 AM
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There's one more to add to the list. Smoking helps lessen the severity of ulcerative colitits/Crohn's disease flare ups.



posted on Jul, 20 2011 @ 11:14 AM
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What i would like to know (as a non-smoker) .........

How can you all afford to smoke?

What do you all go without...because you smoke?

How much a month do you spend on cigarettes?





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