Your post reminds me of this link.... http://www.freedom-of-choice.com/AS3.htm Apparently smoking isn't nearly as bad as it's made out to be.
Myth: Cigarettes cause lung cancer.
Truth: Cigarettes do not cause cancer but are but one of many factors that can increase the incidence of lung cancer. People who have never been exposed to any type of cigarette smoke still get lung cancer. Not only that but for every 100 lifelong heavy smokers, less than 6 of them would ever get lung cancer.1,2 Hardly any direct correlation.
Myth: Smoking has no medical benefits.
Truth: It helps to prevent the development of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.9-14 It may also be helpful in ADHD, schizophrenia, and depression.14 Smoking has been found to be relaxing for beneficial for some anxiety disorders and people with type A personalities. In fact, taking away smoking from some subgroups can increase their medical problems and chance of dying). Smoking like caffeine can help a person get going in the morning and improve their energy state.7 Though some of the benefits from smoking may be due to some individual components such as nicotine, studies need to be done and an effective means of administration needs to be developed.
Thanks, I recommend it for all atlantic salmon.....
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It causes many different cancers as well as chronic lung diseases, such as emphysema and bronchitis, and heart disease. Cigarette smoking causes an estimated 443,000 deaths each year, including approximately 49,400 deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States, and 90 percent of lung cancer deaths among men and approximately 80 percent of lung cancer deaths among women are due to smoking.
Smoking causes many other types of cancer, including cancers of the throat, mouth, nasal cavity, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix, and acute myeloid leukemia.
People who smoke are up to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked. Smoking also causes most cases of chronic lung disease.
In 2009, approximately 20.6 percent of U.S. adults were cigarette smokers.
Nearly 20 percent of high school students smoke cigarettes.
(See Tobacco Statistics Snapshot for references for this information.)http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/tobacco/smoking
and yes ! 3 heart attacks later (one of which the pump stopped for over 2 mins) Had I not been on the table already ,i would not be here now to annoy the hell out of some
I still have the occasional puff on a pipe or a cigar. I think it feels like it's benificial in relieving stress or like a meditation........ but it is stupid to deny it's detriments to health or to claim benifit.
an analogy perhaps?