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  • Smokers
    Sleepless G
    In answer to your headline whter Smokers are People...Well sure they are but they are just addicted idiots. Let them keep their Rights and all the health conditions that come along with smoking. Just do not expose non-smokers to their smoke.
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  • For Your Consideration
    AU Auric
    Sources listed in article: http://www.sott.net/articles/show/221013-Health-Benefits-of-Smoking-Tobacco Thanks to Surgeon General's Warning labels, public smoking bans, strict regulation of advertising, excise taxes, and public service messages, nearly everyone in America is fully aware of the many health risks associated with cigarette smoking. Ongoing research has continuously proven that smoking causes lung dysfunction, cancer, SIDS, heart disease, birth defects, preterm birth, and other serious health problems. Knowing this, the idea that cigarette smoking may offer health benefits may seem utterly absurd. However, cigarette smoking has been confirmed to provide numerous benefits to the health of smokers. Surprisingly, the tobacco plant appears to have more to offer our bodies than a guarantee of certain death. Although the health benefits of smoking are far outweighed by the many very dire risks, tobacco may provide alternative relief or prevention for some diseases in certain individuals. The most fascinating and widely recognized health benefit of smoking is its ability to seemingly alleviate symptoms of mental illnesses, including anxiety and schizophrenia. According to an article published in 1995 in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, schizophrenics have much higher smoking rates than people with other mental illnesses, and appear to use it as a method of self-medicating. The article postulates that nicotine found in cigarettes reduces psychiatric, cognitive, sensory, and physical effects of schizophrenia, and also provides relief of common side effects from antipsychotic drugs. The treatment of schizophrenia isn't the only positive effect that nicotine has on the brain. A series of very interesting studies from multiple academic sources confirms that the risk of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease is surprisingly higher in non-smokers than in smokers. Doctor Laura Fratiglioni of Huddinge University Hospital in Sweden states, "Cigarette smokers are 50% less likely to have PD or AD than are age and gender-matched nonsmokers [...] cigarette smoking exerts an undefined, biologic, neuroprotective influence against the development of PD and AD." The University of Melbourne confirmed the claims made by many smokers that tobacco itself is a strong appetite suppressant, and many use it to self-treat compulsive overeating disorders or obesity. Many smokers experience weight loss and decreased appetite after they begin smoking, and the Melbourne study found similar results in lab rats and mice exposed to cigarette smoke. While tobacco-influenced pharmaceuticals may at some point be an available option to treat obesity, smoking as a self-treatment is very ill-advised, since the negative effects of tobacco and obesity tend to compound and create interrelated conditions. Cigarette smoking has also been linked to a decrease in risk of certain inflammatory disorders, since nicotine itself appears to be an anti-inflammatory agent. The department of gastroenterology at the University Hospital of Wales conducted a number of in-vitro studies to confirm and explain the decreased risk in ulcerative colitis (a potentially severe digestive disorder) in individuals who smoke cigarettes. Perhaps most shockingly, tobacco smoke's anti-inflammatory effects may actually provide some benefits to children who are exposed to secondhand smoke. While this is certainly not worth at-home experimentation, one astonishing study conducted in Sweden observed two generations of Swedish children and found that the children of smokers had lower rates of allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, atopic eczema, and food allergies. The studied groups included 6909 adults and 4472 children, and the findings remained consistent, even when adjusted to reflect other variables. Other surprising academic findings reveal that tobacco may have a positive effect on pregnancy, although this, too, should not be left up to individual experimentation. A study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that preeclampsia, an extremely common but potentially deadly condition, is significantly less common in expectant mothers who smoke cigarettes than in expectant mothers who do not smoke. While it is undebated that tobacco cigarettes pose a number of deadly hazards to human health, they also reveal a surprising link to decreased mortality and morbidity for some conditions. While it may be interesting to note tobacco's few benefits, it is also critical for all consumers to recognize that its positive aspects are few compared to its many very serious risks. Even taking the health benefits of smoking into account, tobacco smokers can expect to live shorter lives and experience many chronic diseases. If you believe you have, or are at risk for, a medical condition that can be treated or prevented with tobacco use, do not use this as a reason to begin smoking or to avoid smoking cessation. However, talk to your doctor about pharmaceutical or botanical solutions that may yield similar benefits, without the risks associated with tobacco. Emerging research may soon reveal an ability to synthesize and isolate the few positive chemicals in cigarettes and use them to manufacture new treatment options.
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  • Smokers rights extend to the end of their noses
    Moderate
    I hope you can isolate the good chemicals from the bad. However, I do not smoke. The smokers are imposing hazardous chemicals on me if I must breathe their smoke. The fat person does not impose anything on me. If you want to smoke and talk business great. As long as I do not have to breathe it.
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  • I remember
    MichaelF
    Way back when I first started working for the government, about 30 years ago, the non-smokers were the ones with no rights. I worked in an office with smokers. My eyes were irritated. My clothes smelled from their smoke. Then there were the general health concerns. To breath, I had to open a window, even in the dead of winter. The smokers objected to this and called ME inconsiderate as they continued to foul the air with their huffing and puffing. (We had one woman who broke her ribs from coughing so hard. She was a smoker.)
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  • Smokers paid to smoke
    CLJ11
    It's great that "Smoker" abides by the rules...good for him/her...the thing is where I work the vast majority of the smoking population don't! You can see the same people spending the vast majority of the working day standing around smoking. Further, even thought there are designated places for smoking, smokers INSIST on just lighting up wherever they wish. This just further irritates people and make it even more likely that smoking will just simply be banned.
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  • Right to impose on others?
    contrarian
    Noise and smells are my pet peeves. Whether it's at work or at home, I shouldn't have to hear or smell you. I am thinking about getting a Harley just to pay y'all back.
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  • Not Just Goofing Off
    Fed1979
    Non smokers would be surprised at how much gets accomplished on smoke breaks. We solved problems, shared information and avoided meetings that probably would have lasted longer than a 15 minute smoke break.
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  • For Your Consideration
    AU Auric
    Sources listed in the article : http://www.ljdiaz.com/18-benefits-of-cigarette-smoking/ Just like having a piece of a giant jigsaw puzzle. But if there are many disadvantages of smoking, there will always be an advantage in smoking. Here are 18 benefits of cigarette smoking. 1. — Smoking improves human information processing – Higher nicotine cigarettes produce greater improvements [in information processing] than low-nicotine cigarettes – Nicotine can reverse the detrimental effects of scopolamine on performance – Smoking effects are accompanied by increases in EEG arousal and decreases in the latency of the late positive component of the evoked potential Data from: 0574. University of Reading, Department of Psychology (England). Warburton., D.M.; Wesnes, K. “The Effects of Cigarette Smoking on Human Information Processing and the role of Nicotine in These Effects” 2. Smoking improves motor performance Data from: 0530. London University, Institute of Psychiatry. O’Connor, K.P “Individual Differences in Psychophysiology of Smoking and Smoking Behaviour” 3. Smokers in general are thinner than nonsmokers, even when they ingest more calories Data from: Numerous studies, but only two are listed below: 0885. Kentucky State University. Lee. C.J.: Panemangalore. M. “Obesity Among Selected Elderly Females In Central Kentucky.” FUNDING: USDA 0942. University of Louisville. Belknap Campus School of Medicine. Satmford, B.A.; Matter, S.; Fell, R.D., et al. “Cigarette Smoking, Exercise and High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol” FUNDING: American Heart Association. 4. Smokers have less plaque, gingival inflammation and tooth mobility than nonsmokers Data from: Veterans Administration, Outpatient Clinic (Boston). Chauncey. H.H,; Kapur, K.K.; Feldmar, R S. “The Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Study of Oral Health: in Healthy Veterans (Dental Longitudinal Study) 5. Smokers have lower incidence of postoperative deep vein thrombosis than nonsmokers Data from: Guy’s Hospital Medical School (England). Jones, R.M. “Influence of Smoking on Peri-Operative Morbidity.” 6. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is less common among smokers Data from: 0146. Shanghai Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases. Chen, H.Z.; Pan, X.W.; Guo, G. et al. “Relation Between Cigarette Smoking and Epidemiology of Hypertension. 7. Hypertension (high blood pressure) and postpartum hemorrhage are lower in smokers Data from: 0045. University of Tasmania (Australia). Correy, J.; Newman, N. Curran, J. “An Assessment of Smoking in Pregnancy.” 8. RBCs [red blood cells] from cigarette smokers contain more glutathione and catalase and protect lung endothelial cells against O2 [dioxide] metabolites better than RBCs from nonsmokers Data from: 0759. University of Colorado. Refine, J.E.; Berger, E.M.; Beehler, C.J. et al. “Role of RBC Antioxidants in Cigarette Smoke Related Diseases.” Jan 1980 – continuing. 9. Smoking protects against Parkinson’s disease Data from many studies. Among them: 1102. Carr, L.A.; Rowell, P.P. “Attenuation of 1methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydrophyridine- induced neurotoxicity by tobacco smoke.” Published in Neuro-pharmacology 29(3):311-4, Mar 1990. 1190. Janson, A.M.; Fuxe, K.; Agnati, L.F. Jansson, A. et al. “Protective effects of chronic nicotine treatment on lesioned nigrostriatal dopamine neurons in the male rat.” Pub. in Progress in Brain Research 79:257-65, 1989. 4014. Decina, P.; Caracci, G.; Sandik, R.; Berman, W. et al. “Cigarette smoking and neuroleptic-induced parkinsonism.” In Biological Psychiatry 28(6):502-8, Sept. 15, 1990 10. There is a low prevalence of smoking in ulcerative colitis? And that the disease often starts or relapses after stopping smoking Data from: 4101. Prytz, H.; Benoni, C.; Tagesson, C. “Does smoking tighten the gut?” In Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 24(9):1084-8, Nov. 1989. 11. Nonsmokers and especially ex-smokers of cigarettes have greater risk of UC [ulcerative colitis] Data from: 4134. Lorusso, D.; Leo, S.; Miscianga, G.; Guerra, V. “Cigarette smoking and ulcerative colitis. A case control Study.” Hepato-Gastroenterology 36(4): 202-4, Aug. 1989. 12. Hypertension and postpartum hemorrhage are lower in smokers Data from: 0045. University of Tasmania (Australia). Correy, J.; Newman, N. Curran, J. “An Assessment of Smoking in Pregnancy.” 13. Smoking has a protective effect on immunological abnormalities in asbestos workers Data from: 0429. Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy (Poland). Lange, A. “Effect of Smoking on Immunological Abnormalities in Asbestos Workers”. 14. The WHO, in order to “prove” the dangers of ETS, financed the second largest study in the world on secondhand smoke. But the study “backfired” and showed not only that there was no statistical risk of disease on passive smoking, but even a protective effect for those who are exposed to it. Not surprisingly, it is said that the WHO tried to hide the study from the media. For the In-depth info Click HERE 15. That in an Australian study, 91.8% of those who never smoked reported a long term illenss, while those who smoked reported 89.0% When age was taken into consideration, more people who had never smoked than those who did smoke reported one or more long-term illnesses. When the number of years during which a person had been a smoker were taken into account, it was the ex-smokers who fared worse when it came to long term illnesses. Data From: Australian Bureau of Statistics January 1994 report entitled “1980-90 National Health Survey: Lifestyle and Health Australia”. 16. That an Australian study sampling, among other things, individuals over 45 years of age, found that 6.0% of smokers suffered from heart disease, versus 6.7% never-smokers and 11.4% ex-smokers Data From: Australian Bureau of Statistics January 1994 report entitled “1980-90 National Health Survey: Lifestyle and Health Australia”. 17. Australian study sampling, among other things, individuals over 45 years of age, found that 11.3% of smokers suffered from hypertension, versus 27.0% ex-smokers and 29.0% never-smokers Data From: Australian Bureau of Statistics January 1994 report entitled “1980-90 National Health Survey: Lifestyle and Health Australia”. 18. Australian study sampling, among other things, individuals over 45 years of age, found that 38.9% of smokers were overweight, versus 49.5% ex-smokers and 44.1% never-smokers Data From: Australian Bureau of Statistics January 1994 report entitled “1980-90 National Health Survey: Lifestyle and Health Australia”. Now those were the 18 benefits of smoking, well I do not advocate smoking, its just that I felt the need to blurt out the things that people disregard. There is always a need to be open minded.
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