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5 Health Benefits of Smoking
Live Science ^ | July 19, 2011 | Christopher Wanjek

Posted on 07/29/2011 6:16:58 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Who says smoking cigarettes is so bad ... well, aside from the World Health Organization, Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and every medical board and association on the face of the Earth?

But should smokers be fortunate enough to dodge all that cancer, heart disease, emphysema and the like, they will be uniquely protected — for reasons unexplained by science — against a handful of diseases and afflictions.

Call it a silver lining in their otherwise blackened lungs. Although long-term smoking is largely a ticket to early death, here are (gulp) five possible benefits from smoking. Breathe deep.

1. Smoking lowers risk of knee-replacement surgery

While smokers might go broke buying a pack of cigarettes, they can at least save money by avoiding knee-replacement surgery. Surprising results from a new study have revealed that men who smoke had less risk of undergoing total joint replacement surgery than those who never smoked.

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.

After controlling for age, weight and exercise, the researchers were at a loss to explain the apparent, albeit slight protective effects of smoking for osteoporosis. It could be that the nicotine in tobacco helps prevent cartilage and joint deterioration.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: aging; benefits; health; smoking
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1 posted on 07/29/2011 6:17:03 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084

You do the honors on this one...


2 posted on 07/29/2011 6:17:39 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I can attest for #4.
There’s 2 guys at my workplace who’ve smoked for years, had heart attacks, and are doing great afterwords.
Of course, the fear of death demanded them to quit smoking, but they’re still above ground.


3 posted on 07/29/2011 6:20:49 PM PDT by RandallFlagg ("I can see 2012 from my house!" Jim Thompson, 7-16-2011)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I earnestly encourage you to go with this message.Sell it! SMOKING IS GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

Dang it I never thought I’d be advise smokers how to market death but there you go. This is a winning campaign. Go for it! Just do it.

SMOKING IS GOOD FOR YOU!!!!


4 posted on 07/29/2011 6:21:14 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

5 posted on 07/29/2011 6:22:04 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Chief Red Fox lived to be 105. When asked to what he attributed his longevity he stated “Tobacco” He smoked cigars everyday.
6 posted on 07/29/2011 6:28:00 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (I've been dipping into my jar full of Hope & Change just to buy gas!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Now that smoking has bee suppressed for years, I haven’t seen any data proving the health benefits. Are there fewer lung cancer deaths?


7 posted on 07/29/2011 6:28:24 PM PDT by y6162
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Smoking is not healthy.

But it’s healthier than Statism, lying bogus studies and social engineering.


8 posted on 07/29/2011 6:28:55 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Smoking is also good for the economy. Call me crazy but I truly believe that much of the financial mess we’re facing right now in trying to pay social security, medicare, pensions and on and on can be tied to the vast numbers of aging Americans who quit smoking. Simply put, they’re living much longer after leaving the workforce. Better to smoke and die shortly after your productive years end. I’m doing my part.


9 posted on 07/29/2011 6:34:13 PM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: y6162

apparently and interestingly by the same ratio that smoking has declined, childhood asthma has increased. go figure that!


10 posted on 07/29/2011 6:39:25 PM PDT by annelizly
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To: Gena Bukin

#6 It makes you look cool.

#7 Not healthy for me, but has saved countless others from a well deserved ass kicking due to the fact I took a smoke break and calmed down.


11 posted on 07/29/2011 6:42:09 PM PDT by Lance Romance
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

My parents, two sisters and my brother all smoked. I’m female, almost 64 years of age and baby of the family. I’ve never smoked. My father died of lung cancer at the age of 72. My mother died of lung cancer at the age of 69. My brother died of a massive heart attack at the age of 51, and my second oldest sister is now in hospice care, dying of lung cancer. She stopped smoking 6 years ago because she had been diagnosed with 4 aneurysms in her head. She won’t make her 69th birthday in September. Our oldest sister is an alcoholic who has been institutionalized for over 40 years. She is 71 and still smokes regularly. I’m not fool enough to think that I won’t develop cancer at some point, nor do I have any hopes of living to be a ripe old age. It just doesn’t run in my family.


12 posted on 07/29/2011 6:44:49 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
"Smoking is not healthy."

What 2084? We can't hear you...

13 posted on 07/29/2011 6:47:48 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This answers the question I posted here, back in April, 2008.

“How long before studies show smoking is good for you too?”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1996281/posts

Three years, three months, apparently.


14 posted on 07/29/2011 6:49:18 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Smoking can be very enjoyable and relatively harmless if, after you inhale, you blow the smoke back out again within, oh, about 25 seconds. Just remember, be sure and blow the smoke out again.


15 posted on 07/29/2011 6:55:40 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Okay, say what you like, mock if you must.

BUT, the second time I had pneumonia, when I was sleeping in a chair so I could breathe, when I woke up with a coughing fit, the only thing that would stop the coughing was a cigarette.

...


16 posted on 07/29/2011 6:56:01 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

You probably used a Magic 8 Ball or something.


17 posted on 07/29/2011 7:00:32 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: y6162
Mass media had a hard time when Christopher Reeves wife died of lung cancer. Poor gal, never smoked a day in her life.

Can't give her a bad reputation...Isn't all lung cancer caused by SMOKING?

18 posted on 07/29/2011 7:04:44 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The NicoNazis will love this thread. ;^)

Tobacco as a self-medication and ‘wellness'

Smoking Does Not Cause Lung Cancer (According to WHO/CDC Data)*

Smoking lowers Parkinson's disease risk

THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS OF SMOKING AND NICOTINE

19 posted on 07/29/2011 7:08:41 PM PDT by TigersEye (No dark sarcasm in the press room ... Hey!, Barry!, leave them bills alone.)
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To: Drango
SMOKING IS GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

Statism is bad for your health.

20 posted on 07/29/2011 7:10:13 PM PDT by TigersEye (No dark sarcasm in the press room ... Hey!, Barry!, leave them bills alone.)
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To: Drango; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Eric Blair 2084

Is there something in your DNA that insists you troll any thread with any relation to smoking?


21 posted on 07/29/2011 7:10:39 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

I was just trying to help get the smoking message out. Sorry I upset your karma.


22 posted on 07/29/2011 7:14:20 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: Lance Romance

#7 Not healthy for me, but has saved countless others from a well deserved ass kicking due to the fact I took a smoke break and calmed down

Not to mention, a cigarette break helped one to think better away from whatever the problem on the desk was at any particular time. I wouldn’t even finish the cigarette because the solution would come to me and I could back to my desk and take care of it.....


23 posted on 07/29/2011 7:15:20 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: KittenClaws
Comedian Andy Kaufman also a nonsmoker died of lung cancer.
24 posted on 07/29/2011 7:18:05 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (I've been dipping into my jar full of Hope & Change just to buy gas!!)
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To: Gabz

He’s witless and adds nothing to intelligent political discourse.

Ignore it.

People like him are probably the reason every guy in my office under 30 smokes cigarettes. Even after the denormalization state funded ad campaign.


25 posted on 07/29/2011 7:18:33 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Smoke em if ya got em.


26 posted on 07/29/2011 7:22:07 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Eric Blair 2084

DUDE! I was defending your position and you got harsh on me.

SMOKING IS GOOD FOR YOU!!!!


27 posted on 07/29/2011 7:24:38 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; Drango
He’s witless and adds nothing to intelligent political discourse.

That has been known since these type threads began around here.

Ignore it.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - they're too much fun to play with.

People like him are probably the reason every guy in my office under 30 smokes cigarettes.

Well, DUH - as my 13yo would say!

Even after the denormalization state funded ad campaign.

You meant to say smoker funded, right?

28 posted on 07/29/2011 7:24:42 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Drango

The only karma I see upset around here is YOURS. Poor baby.


29 posted on 07/29/2011 7:26:36 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz; Eric Blair 2084
Well, DUH - as my 13yo would say!

You recruited your 13 year old yet? Told 'em it's a habit not an addiction?

2084 is working on his kids to reject the evils of statism and accept the pleasures of nicotine.

30 posted on 07/29/2011 7:31:02 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Well fiddlestix! I stopped smoking six or seven years ago (been so long I can’t remember; is memory loss associated with stopping smoking?), so now I carry around the extra weight, and these studies are indicating I should smoke ten cigarettes a day? Man I wish they would make up my mind!


31 posted on 07/29/2011 7:35:09 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Gabz

It is fun!

As long as it’s a challenge. Beating a deaf, dumb mute up and down the sidewalk for public amusement is not fun. It’s sad. I feel bad.


32 posted on 07/29/2011 7:35:56 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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To: 4yearlurker
Cancer is Cancer. Smoke, do not smoke. Your chances are the same. That the MSM and apologists try to change that fact is very telling.

My great grand-PawPaw died at 102 years of age. smoked since he was 12. Smoking did not kill him, though I am sure it must have annoyed many people.

Smoke - Mirrors.

33 posted on 07/29/2011 7:36:35 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: Gabz
Well, DUH - as my 13yo would say!

13 years old?!

Dang, and I can remember when she crawled up in my lap so I could read her a book.

That might get me arrested today. ;^)

34 posted on 07/29/2011 7:36:36 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Gena Bukin

What brand do you prefer?


35 posted on 07/29/2011 7:37:01 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Drango; Eric Blair 2084

You realize there are lines that are never to be crossed, I do believe you have crossed one of them.

Have your fun, but just remember - when you give them the right to prohibit, you have also given them the right to mandate.

Think about it - if you can stretch your brain that far.


36 posted on 07/29/2011 7:37:42 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Drango

How did I know that you would be on this thread?// heh.


37 posted on 07/29/2011 7:38:54 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Drango
2084 is working on his kids to reject the evils of statism and accept the pleasures of nicotine.

That would certainly be the preferable of the two choices. To a conservative.

38 posted on 07/29/2011 7:39:46 PM PDT by TigersEye (No dark sarcasm in the press room ... Hey!, Barry!, leave them bills alone.)
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To: annelizly
apparently and interestingly by the same ratio that smoking has declined, childhood asthma has increased. go figure that!

And if one uses the same vapid science used to claim SHS will kill anyone coming in contact with it, this just proves the total opposite.

39 posted on 07/29/2011 7:40:31 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: ErnBatavia; Drango

Oh don’t be so mean............he can’t help himself, it’s an addiction thing, don’t ya know!!!!


40 posted on 07/29/2011 7:43:27 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Krankor

Had a pulmonologist tell me that if you smoke, keep it under 15 per day and smoke no further down the filtered cigarette than a thumbs width from the filter. If possible stop at two finger widths from the filter (smoke only filtered cigarettes) ... the second half of the cigarette accumulates the tar and such drawn from burning the first half of the cigarette, so smoking the second half has much more tar and chemicals than the first half. [We were having a smoke on the outside patio at a cocktail party, or rather he was bumming a smoke from me on the patio.]


41 posted on 07/29/2011 7:43:37 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: TigersEye; Drango
That would certainly be the preferable of the two choices. To a conservative.

Of course. However we all know there are conservatives, and then there are.............conservatives.........

42 posted on 07/29/2011 7:45:25 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That’s great news! I’ll mention it to Johnny Carson and Sammy Davis and Yul Brynner and Rod Serling and Lucille Ball and Peter Jennings and...


43 posted on 07/29/2011 7:47:02 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Gena Bukin

You bet its good for the economy.

Wanna boost the local economy? Strike down ‘no smoking’ laws.

Watch the bar business go back to where it was. Cigar bars too.

The State is screwing with our businesses, our families, our diets, our religious beliefs and morality, and last but not least, the things we do to let off steam.

Smoking is banned NOT because its bad for you, but because female regulators think it makes their hair and clothes smell bad when they come home from a restaurant. Full stop.


44 posted on 07/29/2011 7:48:30 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: 4yearlurker
Right. And the MSM scrambled to protect one of their own.

If you smoke, you deserve to die of cancer, hopefully a horrible death. But if you don't....hell, the reprobates are confounded.

45 posted on 07/29/2011 7:49:38 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: Gabz
The EPA Report on Second Hand Smoke (SHS) - The Facts (Their unfinished study was crap)
46 posted on 07/29/2011 7:50:43 PM PDT by TigersEye (No dark sarcasm in the press room ... Hey!, Barry!, leave them bills alone.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ping for later


47 posted on 07/29/2011 7:56:26 PM PDT by esoxmagnum (The rats have been trained to pull the D voting lever to get their little food pellet)
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To: 4yearlurker

Did you ever see the movie Black Robe? It’s about a 1700s French minister who is trying to convert the Indians in Canada to Christianity. The Indian men are all sitting around a campfire smoking and one asks the cleric: “Will there be tobacco in Heaven?” The priest answers “No.” Then the Indians harumph to themselves that there would be no point to going to Heaven if they couldn’t smoke!


48 posted on 07/29/2011 7:56:49 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: TigersEye

No need to convince me, I’ve been reading all the info probably since before Al Gore invented the internet........

All kidding aside, I was dealing with this crap nearly a decade before I got online and was both thrilled and amazed to learn just how NOT alone I really was when I finally did get online.


49 posted on 07/29/2011 8:23:58 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

:-)


50 posted on 07/29/2011 8:27:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (No dark sarcasm in the press room ... Hey!, Barry!, leave them bills alone.)
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