SMOKING: Is it all that bad?
Yea, ok. We all know about the harmful effects of carbon monoxide on the blood and how addicitive nicotine is. And all those other harmful chemicals that enter the body. But i was wondering, could nicotine be similar to alcohol?
We've been told for decades that a glass of wine once in a while helps to reduce the chance of a heart attack/cancer because wine contains a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. The Alcohol in wine helps reduce blood pressure and lowers the chances of stroke in men.
The only catch to these benefits are that alcohol must be taken in moderation.
Could smoking too have some sort of benefits if taken in moderation?(1 pack a day definately isn't moderation, i'm talking 1 cigarette every few days)
Nicotine has been shown to help reduce the chances of brain diseases such as Alzhimers and Parkisons.
So, Could smoking in low to moderate amounts be such a bad thing after all?
[Edit: I'm not advocating smoking or anything. Puffing **** into your lungs does wonders to your stamina and your life expectancy.]
Last edited by Shard; 2/19/2006 8:47pm at .
Have studies been done on this?
One cig a day might not be all that bad but I do not know anyone who smokes like that.
I wouldn't be worried so much about the nicotine, as the carcinogenic crap that causes lung cancer. I watched my uncle die an agonizing death from lung cancer a few years back, and am not willing to risk it myself. He was 58 when he died, and hadn't smoked for 30 years. It's just not worth it for the little buzz that you get.
there are no benefits to smoking, and there are many, many drawbacks. it's moronic.
I've probably smoked two packs worth of cigarettes in my lifetime, and each time i smoked more than five cigarettes within a few days, i would get sick. Getting sick is pretty damn rare for me, i think i've gotten sick once every 1-2 years otherwise. Probably a coincidence, but still a good reason for me to lay off of them.
I really, really, really doubt that benefits from smoking would come even remotely close to all of the health hazards it poses.
Acupuncturist / Anesthesia Student
This is the intial study that was reported in the mass media a few months ago about the danger of smoking a few a day:
I didn't get a chance to review the entire article because I'm busy right now. So piss off.
But I think they were checking about a few a day, not one every three or four days.
Popular media report: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4265600.stm
I smoked two cigs a day for about ten years. It was the greatest thing ever!!! Well, next to all the sex I'm now getting. :sex:
Originally Posted by Olorin
Dagon "mullet finger" Akujin
I'll tell you what, though, those "tobacco smokes YOU" commercials are fucking disgusting. In a bad way. It makes me want to start smoking just to piss those people off.