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Health Benefits of Smoking Cigarettes

Updated on June 16, 2012

What you are about to read is actual health benefits that you may obtain from smoking cigarettes. I do not condone the use of cigarettes in any way, shape or form. Smoking tobacco is dangerous and is a health hazard which is confirmed by every health organization on the face of the planet Earth, but there are some health benefits that come along with this cylinder shaped death certificate.

The information is not based on illusions such as stress relief. Its based on studies on actual long term smokers and their risk to certain diseases and syndromes that non-smokers of tobacco are more likely to suffer from. These benefits are not worth lighting one up though, as the dangers outweigh the benefits 10 to 1.

Barack Obama smoking cigarette
Barack Obama smoking cigarette

(1) Smoking cigarettes lowers risk of knee-replacement surgery

Total knee replacement surgery (TKR) is for people whose knee joints are damaged either by arthritis, trauma, and other destructive joint diseases. The most common factor for tkr is sever osteoarthritis of the knees. Increasing pain, stiffness, and decreased functioning of the knee joints are taken into consideration when patients want total knee replacement surgery. So what are the risks of this surgical procedure?

Risks include blood clots in the legs that can lead to the lungs, causing pulmonary embolism. It can cause shortness of breath, chest pains, and shock. Urinary track infection, nausea, vomiting, chronic knee pain and stiffness are also associated. Other risks include nerve damage, blood vessel injury and knee infections that could cause repeated operations on the knee. So how can smoking cigarettes reduce the risks of total knee replacement surgery?

Shocking studies conclude that men who smoke have lowered risk of undergoing tkr than those who have never smoked. This study was done at the University of Adelaide in Australia. This is most commonly found in obese people and joggers, as smokers may not jog at all and less likely to be morbidly obese.They also believe smoking cigarettes protects individuals from osteoporosis and the nicotine within helps prevent joint deterioration and cartilage.

(2) Lowered risk of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a progressive infection located in the nervous system that is marked by tremor, muscular rigidity and slow, imprecise movement. Mostly found in middle-aged and older individuals, its associated with the loss of basal ganglia in the brain and lowered counts of the neurotransmitter dopamine. The individual lacks control of body movement and poor balance and coordination. So what can smoking cigarettes do about this disease?

According to studies, long term smokers are somewhat protected against Parkison's disease. The most recent was published in the March 2010 study of the Neurology journal and it states the more years smoking meant more protection from this infection. Although they didn't give any indication of what factor of smoking cigarettes gives this protection, the studies did prove it helps. The protection against Parkinson's disease from smoking cigarettes fades away when the user decides to quit. The reason is unexplained in studies.

(3) Control Obesity by Smoking Cigarettes

Another one of the health benefits identified by smoking cigarettes is the reduced risk of obesity amongst tobacco users. The ingredient within cigarettes, nicotine, is an appetite suppressant. This was a marketing technique during the early 20th century by tobacco companies, claiming it would make women thinner. In July 2011 in the Physiology & Behavior journey, a study was published with information about the reason's nicotine prevents weight gain, and quitting automatically will increase one's weight.

Unfortunately the effects of nicotine is not that simple as it can be both a stimulant and suppressant of one's appetite. Smoking cigarettes, more of the nicotine effects the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that may encourage the suppressing of one's appetite. No doctor would recommend this for weight loss though.

(4) Increases Chances of Surviving Heart Attacks

Those who are not smoking cigarettes are more likely to die from a heart attack than one who has been using tobacco for a long time. Although the risk of heart attacks is increased in those smoking cigarettes, the chances of them dying is lowered. They are also more accepting of plaque removal therapies of the arteries. These include fibrinolytic therapy and angioplasty. The reason for heart attacks is the fat and plaque building up around the heart. A theory as to why those smoking cigarettes survive heart attacks is because they are younger when they have it, probably 10 years younger than a non-smoker having their first attack.

(5) Assisting Clopidogrel

Clopidogrel is a drug that is used to prevent strokes and heart attacks in at-risk patients. It falls in a family of medications known as antiplatelet drugs. It help reduce the risk of blood clots that may induce heart attacks or strokes. These tablets are usually taken by mouth. What does cigarettes have to do with prevention of heart attacks and strokes if it is a definitive cause of these problems?

Korean researchers published information in the October 2010 issue of the Thrombosis Research journal. The information is based on work by Harvard researchers that was published in 2009 stating that people can benefit by smoking at least 10 cigarettes per day. An ingredient contained when smoking cigarettes activates the cytochromes protein, that converts clopidogrel into a more active state.


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    • LadyLola profile image

      Lanie Robinson 5 years ago from Canada

      Very interesting article. I'm amazed to learn that there can be actual benefits to using cancer sticks. Smoking is dangerous, so who knew?

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      Sparkster Publishing 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yep, it makes sense. Blame tobacco for health problems so they can impose ridiculous amounts of tax on cigarettes while the industrial sector continues to poison the whole world.

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      ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

      Obvious 'news' (duh) that there are environmental factors and just living in the city causes problems. I've always have had a beef that my cigarette is somehow more dangerous to people's health around me at the bus stop when the bus spews out 75K tons of smog/year.

      And for folks who jog/bike next to the road knows - deeply inhaling exhaust counteracts any health benefits of exercising. That why I always head for the hills - then when come back down I can smell the smog for about 10 seconds at a certain level - then get used to it again.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Another very interesting article; however, while smoking may prevent the risk for knee surgery replacement, and therefore prevent blood clots...smoking also causes much so that many people over time have to have stints placed in their femoral arteries to keep them open enough for the blood to flow through, as the smoking has constricted their arteries so many times. Love your articles though...I'm reading more.

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      mr williams 5 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      @ Red Mermaid: Thank you

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      red mermaid 5 years ago

      I think there is definately some evidence to suggest that smoking does stop weight gain. I,ve noticed in my own family and friends that when they give up smoking they put on weight even when they're food take stays the same. Interesting hub mr williams.

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      mr williams 5 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      Did I trigger an emotional response? Sorry. Do your research and confirm my findings for yourself

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      Erica 5 years ago

      Full of information with no references to back it up. Showed no connection between the actual smoking and "diseases." No so-called proof provided, just simple statements I'm supposed to believe just because you wrote it. Very low quality and completely unbelievable.

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      One can also delay the onset of Parkinson's (if you have a family history or other risk factors) by using Swedish Snus. That way you avoid the carcinogenic tars. Voted up and interesting.

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      mr williams 5 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      While these things are prevented, there are countless other negative effects that will kill the person anyway. I'd rather not smoke and take my chances with Parkinson's disease lol

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      Sparkster Publishing 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting stuff, now there are plenty of excuses!