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Tobacco Truth Gets Smoked
Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2010 | Steve Chapman

Posted on 01/10/2010 6:06:55 AM PST by Kaslin

Upon thinking of someone using “smokeless tobacco,” you may immediately think: a vile, disgusting habit with no redeeming social value. That, it turns out, is only half-true. It may be vile and disgusting with a good deal of social value.

Not in an absolute sense. Dipping snuff or chewing tobacco can lead to nicotine addiction, gum disease and even oral cancer, while scaring off potential employers and romantic partners in droves. But in relative terms -- relative to smoking -- it could be a boon to individual and public health. Any smoker who gives up cigarettes for snuff is clearly doing his or her body a favor.

That’s because most of the danger from tobacco actually comes from setting it afire and inhaling the smoke. Omitting that step makes a huge difference. A 2002 report by Britain’s Royal College of Physicians found that “the consumption of non-combustible tobacco is of the order of 10-1,000 times less hazardous than smoking, depending on the product.” The American Council on Science and Health puts the overall health risk at about 2 percent of that from sucking on a cancer stick.

The implications are obvious: The best thing a nicotine fiend can do is quit tobacco entirely. For the 46 million Americans who have not been able to follow that advice -- a number that has stubbornly refused to shrink -- the next best thing is to use the kind of tobacco that doesn’t require incineration. The change would also be a blessing to nonsmokers, who would no longer have to put up with noxious fumes and discarded butts.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: pufflist; science

1 posted on 01/10/2010 6:06:56 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

But then, you have to put up with their SPITTING!


2 posted on 01/10/2010 6:15:22 AM PST by 2harddrive
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To: Kaslin

I’ll take a smoker over a person who spits constantly - hands down!


3 posted on 01/10/2010 6:15:56 AM PST by Tomato lover (My citicizenship is not of this world)
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To: 2harddrive

What if they swallow?


4 posted on 01/10/2010 6:19:05 AM PST by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Sarajevo

ugggggggg.


5 posted on 01/10/2010 6:29:22 AM PST by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: Kaslin

Swedish snus is some good stuff; the American version Snus? not so much.

Swedish snus can be purchased online.
And there’s no need to spit at all...very discrete.


6 posted on 01/10/2010 6:29:54 AM PST by libertarian27 (Land of the FEE, home of the SHAMED)
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To: Kaslin
Everyday Americans who legally use tobacco products = REPUGNANT & UNACCEPTABLE
(drives up health costs and bad influence on the young)

Diseased Queers with HIV having unprotected back door sex = HIP & AVANT-GUARDE
(health costs no object and promotes diversity in young minds)
.

7 posted on 01/10/2010 6:36:14 AM PST by Iron Munro (God is great - Beer is good - People are crazy.)
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To: Kaslin

The great value of smokeless tobacco actually comes from the spitting.

This makes it the perfect drug for the sarcastic and cynical. The level of salivation and expectoration jumps when being talked at by a liberal, especially one who is disgusted by spitting.

“Obama is a great president!”

(ptui!)

“He is one of...no, he *is* our greatest president, ever!”

(Ptui!) (Ptui!)

“He is like...a god...to me!”

(Hwaaaaaaacckkkk! PTUI!!)

“Obamacare is so wonderful! It will save money and give health care to everyone fairly! And save the environment!”

(Okay, at this point, the tobacco chewer is probably trombone vomiting, but you get the point.)


8 posted on 01/10/2010 6:38:10 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Kaslin

Love all the conservatives who buy all the government lies brought to them by the same government and government sponsored “scientists” (read shills) that brought them global warming.

The entire “danger-of-smoking” lie is just another big fat power-and-money grabbing fraud, just like global warming. There is no more science in it then there is in the entire climate-change scandal.

If you do not like to smoke, don’t. But why do so-called conservatives keep repeating the damn government lies?

Among the benefits smoking are the following:

1. Improves and prevents Parkinson’s disease.
2. “Reduced MAO B (monoamine oxidase) enzyme (smokers in their 60s have MAO B of nonsmokers in their 20s); also here). Lowering of MAO B is the Holy Grail of life-extension.”
3. “Glutathione (chief antioxidant in human body) and catalase (another key antioxidant which neutralizes alcohol damage, cyanide poisoning, etc.) doubled in smokers.” In addition to glutathione, which is the body’s master antioxidant and metal detoxifier, many other lesser antioxidants and detoxifiers are similarly strengthened.
4. “Nicotine suppresses cell death of neurons (it also promotes vascular growth factor, e.g. growth and branching of capillaries)”
5. Reduces osteo-athritis (up to threefold)
6. Reduces incidence of colorectal cancer in women
7. People who smoke fare better than nonsmokers when exposed to occupational hazards
8. Reduces schizophrenia symptoms
9. Reduces incidence of Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases
10. Smoking is protective against thyroid cancer
11. Severe gum recession, less of a risk for smokers
12. Children of smokers have lower odds for suffering from allergic rhino-conjunctivitis, allergic asthma, atopic eczema and food allergy
13. Nicotine stops the growth of tuberculosis
14. Smoking prevents a rare skin cancer
15. Smoking reduces the risk of breast cancer
16. Nicotine is therpeutic in treatment of ulcerative colitis

http://wispofsmoke.net/goodforyou.html

http://www.forces.org/evidence/evid/therap.htm

http://wispofsmoke.net/goodreads.html

http://www.smokingaloud.com/ets.html

Hank


9 posted on 01/10/2010 6:55:36 AM PST by Hank Kerchief
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To: Hank Kerchief

Many of the same people who think it is perfectly acceptable for various levels of government to strip smokers of their rights to use a legal product go into an apolectic fit when foreign terrorists and illegal combatants outside America’s borders are not awarded the full spectrum of “constitutional rights” including free attorneys.


10 posted on 01/10/2010 7:08:05 AM PST by Iron Munro (God is great - Beer is good - People are crazy.)
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To: Hank Kerchief

OOPS!

apolectic = apoplectic


11 posted on 01/10/2010 7:09:37 AM PST by Iron Munro (God is great - Beer is good - People are crazy.)
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To: Hank Kerchief

Interesting stats


12 posted on 01/10/2010 7:18:26 AM PST by The Mayor (People who follow Christ lead others in the right direction)
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To: Sarajevo
What if they swallow?

Must not post the obvious.... Don't want to get banned!

Mark

13 posted on 01/10/2010 7:33:42 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Sarajevo
What if they swallow?

Must... not... post... the... obvious.... Don't want to get banned!

Mark

14 posted on 01/10/2010 7:34:05 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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Seriously, when I was in high school, I did quite smoking and take up chewing tobacco. Redman. I found that while there were rules about not smoking, chewing was tolerated, at least at VoTech. I got pretty good at not having to spit all the time, though eventually you really did. The end of my "chewing days" came when I was playing a game of softball with some friends. I was chasing down a pop fly and stepped in a shallow hole. I swallowed this HUGH chaw of tobacco, and wound up throwing up for the better part of 2 days.

To this day, I can't even look at a pack of Redman without getting queasy.

Mark

15 posted on 01/10/2010 7:39:18 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: 2harddrive
But then, you have to put up with their SPITTING!

The most important part of having a happy work environment when some of the employees chew and have "spit cups" is that they DO NOT try to hide the fact...

I was shooting at a local indoor range, and only one of the employees chewed tobacco. In order not to "gross out" the other employees or customers, he would occasionally use a fast food soda cup as his "spit cup," leaving the lid on and spitting into the straw. Well, one day during the lunch rush, he left the cup on the counter, and another employee mistook this guy's spit cup for his own tasty soft drink. I never did learn why he didn't notice that his drink was warm. I don't think I need to continue, do I?

Mark

16 posted on 01/10/2010 7:45:27 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Kaslin

theres nothing like a good old chew of tobacco,,hmm,hmmm,AND the best part is spitting,,geesh ,if you are a good spitter,you can become famous at tobacco spitting contests.


17 posted on 01/10/2010 8:00:10 AM PST by coalman (survived carter ,disco and clinton,just holding on till 2012)
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To: Kaslin

WOW! THIS was the wrong thread to read as I ate breakfast.


18 posted on 01/10/2010 8:29:30 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: Hank Kerchief
Interesting info... I won't feel nearly as bad the next time I light up the pipe.

Here in Italy, the fact that cigarette packs and tobacco tins are labeled with "Il fumo uccide" (smoking kills) in large black-on-white letters seems to not deter many folks.

But the real thing that convinced me to not worry as much is that my grandfather smoked a pack a day unfiltered for 70 years and only finally quit when a small stroke forced him to quit at 95 - and only then because you aren't allowed to smoke in the hospital. Three years later, he's still going strong...

19 posted on 01/10/2010 8:34:43 AM PST by GCC Catholic (0bama, what are you hiding? Just show us the birth certificate...)
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To: GCC Catholic

“I won’t feel nearly as bad the next time I light up the pipe.”

Good. That alone should improve your health—or at least your well being.

Congratulations to your Dad. My whole family on my fathers side all lived into their nineties, and all smoked heavily. My grandfather was a Pharmicist, chain smoked unfilered cigarettes, sometime two at a time when he forgot where he left the last one. Came home from work one day and lay down for nap. Never woke up. He was 93.

Hank


20 posted on 01/10/2010 8:52:45 AM PST by Hank Kerchief
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To: 2harddrive
I chew Copenhagen snuff (the good stuff) and I never spit. Nor do I "swallow" a bunch of tobacco spit. I just put a small pinch between my cheek and gum and enjoy the nicotine effect and the tobacco flavor.

I laugh that so many people think chewing is gross. I always say it is no different than tea. It is ground up leaves for crying out loud.

Every once in a while I run into one of those maroons that tries to tell me they put glass in chew. I find this helpful, as it lets me know I am dealing with a dupe that will believe anything.

21 posted on 01/10/2010 9:09:00 AM PST by shempy (BOYCOTT GM & CHRYSLER - support American VALUES!)
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To: Sarajevo

Then they QUICKLY get sick.


22 posted on 01/10/2010 10:03:38 AM PST by 2harddrive
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To: Iron Munro

Tobacco products do not drive up health costs. If everybody smoked healths costs would be minimized greatly. People will live a lot fewer years and won’t be a drain on the system in the later years.


23 posted on 01/10/2010 10:27:34 PM PST by TerP26
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