Nobody should smoke–really, really, really. It kills you. It’s a bad thing.
That being said, it’s simply dishonest to say that smoking doesn’t do anything good for you or your body. Here are four ways that smoking actually improves areas of your health, despite its long term massively negative effects.
1. Appetite Suppressant – Smoking has been shown to lead to a diminished appetite in studies by the University of Melbourne. Notice that I didn’t say “weight loss”–smokers tend to exercise less, of course, what with the heart disease and lung issues, so there’s no conclusive evidence that shows that smoking can lead to weight loss. You could theoretically make a diet plan that included smoking to shed some pounds, but if the purpose of a diet is to be healthy, then you’re really missing the point.
2. Keeping Regular – Nicotine is a stimulant, and like many other stimulants (I’m looking at you, coffee), it tends to open up various glands and pores and move things along. This means that it has the pleasant effect of keeping your bowel movements regular. In fact, 1 in 6 smokers has constipation problems when trying to quit cigarettes, according to one study at the University of London. You can just take nicotine straight, though, and get the same effect, or, y’know, eat some fiber every once in a while. Raisin Bran is really far more delicious than a cigarette.
3. Avoiding Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease –A study from the Stockholm Gerontology Research Center has shown that Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease tend to occur more in non-smokers than in smokers. There may be some other circumstances that contribute to those findings, of course–for instance, smokers tend to not live long enough to get either disease. Even taking those into account, there seems to be something in the way that nicotine effects the brain that slows the onset of either disease.
4. Treating Schizophrenia – There are much higher rates of tobacco smokers among schizophrenics,. Why? Well, for one thing, there’s two people in there, so the odds of one of them being a smoker increase.
Stupid jokes aside, some doctors at the London Institute of Psychiatry believe that schizophrenics self-medicate with nicotine, which may help them temporarily improve cognitive function and stay alert. There are other medications that do it better, but smoking is easier and doesn’t require a prescription, so schizophrenics tend to smoke.
And one more time, I’ll remind you that smoking also gives you cancer, heart disease, emphysema, bronchitis, smelly clothes and fingers, and makes you far more likely to appear on the Jerry Springer show, so, and I say this with everything I’ve got here, DO NOT START SMOKING.
Do you know of any other ways that smoking can improve your health? Post in the comments section below.
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