Advantages and Disadvantages of Smoking

10 Advantages and Disadvantages of Smoking

Smoking is a practice in which a substance is burned, and the resulting smoke is typically breathed in to be tasted and absorbed into the bloodstream. This article lists 10 advantages and disadvantages of smoking.

Smoking is a common practice among the world’s population. Around 1.3 billion people worldwide smoke.

Smoking is one of the most common forms of recreational drug use. Tobacco is the most popular plant smoked. Besides recreational use, smoking is also an essential part of rituals in some cultures. Some believe that they can reach spiritual enlightenment by smoking.

Smoking may offer many health benefits if you use the right herbs correctly. As compared to tobacco cigarette smoking, these herbs are less harmful to the health of a smoker.

Lobelia, an Indian tobacco, is very helpful if you plan to quit smoking. It has almost the same properties as nicotine, except that it is less addictive and has no side effects. Other nicotine-free herbs for smoking include peppermint.

As smoking is one of the most common causes of health problems and death, the positive health effects are hardly ever pointed out. But there are, nonetheless.

5 Advantages of Smoking

  1. Smoking cigarettes is said to help significantly reduce stress, help people relax, concentrate, and boost mental strength. It also acts as an antidepressant. It is one of the main reasons why people would not quit smoking. They think they would not be able to handle the pressure from work or family if they quit. Sometimes, in challenging situations, smokers often choose cigarettes to calm their nerves and help them make a decision. Although cigarettes clouds their lungs, their minds are clearer.
  2. Smoking is a good way to control hypertension. The smoke from cigarettes tightens the blood vessels in the throat and airways and causes a drop in blood pressure. Therefore there are little to no chances of developing chronic high blood pressure. Smoking cigarettes can lower your risk of developing this condition by about 30%.
  3. Smoking cigarettes is also a good way to reduce the possibility of becoming obese. In the 1920s, cigarette companies sold their product to women by advertising cigarettes as a “great way to lose weight”. But that does not mean that one should smoke only to lose weight. Nicotine is said to help control weight by reducing an individual’s appetite and hunger.
  4. Smoking is an icebreaker. Some people rely on smoking to socialize with friends. Smoking can be seen as a ‘condition’ to be accepted in a friend group. So, it is easier for some people, who smoke, to feel like they belong to a group. They need cigarettes to fit in.
  5. Diseases like Parkinson’s are significantly reduced or managed when smoking. According to studies, there is a very low rate of Parkinson’s disease in smokers compared to non-smokers. This effect is due to the nicotine present in cigarettes. Smoking reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease in smokers by 41%.

There certainly are many more complications linked to smoking than the health benefits. Smoking is one of the leading risks for early death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 8 million people die from tobacco use every year.

5 Disadvantages of Smoking

  1. Lung cancer is the most common cause of death due to smoking. It is responsible for approximately 85% of all lung cancer cases. It does not only affect the smokers but also people who are exposed to the smoke. Non-smokers exposed can increase the risk of developing lung cancer by approximately 20% to 30%.
  2. Smoking reduces the ability to smell and taste. It affects the taste receptors, people lose their taste buds, and overall, they lose appetite, finding the bland.
  3. Female smokers have more difficulties getting pregnant. They also are at higher risk of miscarriage and premature labour. If luckily, the pregnancy is carried to term, the baby may be born with a cleft lip and cleft palate.
  4. Smoking affects not only the internal system of a person but also the external features of the body. Tobacco smoke sticks to the clothes and hair. You can immediately tell if someone has just smoked or been with someone who smokes. Also, teeth start to become yellow, and smoking can increase the risk of infections or inflammations that lead to tooth and bone loss. Handing cigarettes stains the fingers and fingernails of smokers.
  5. Smokers have a higher rate of bronchitis. Exposed non-smokers can also be affected, especially children. Smoking damages the airway and contributes to persistent coughs, also known as the “smoker’s cough”.

31 May is World No Tobacco Day

This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.

The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be “a world no-smoking day.” In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.

Ingrid Roussel, YUVA Intern

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Registered in February 2015, YUVA started as a group of enthusiastic individuals, and today it has mobilised thousands of young people with a simple aim of creating a better future for children and youth of Mauritius. At the heart of YUVA’s duty lies the conviction that the collective destinies of the human race are bound together.

21 thoughts on “10 Advantages and Disadvantages of Smoking

    1. personally, i dont agree with your biased opinions on smoking disadvantages. i have been smoking for 50 years and i am faster than you. There is none.

      – Bryan

      1. Hi Bryan, I completely understand why you would say that but I have personally seen first-hand the disadvantages and effects of smoking in my family. Most of those (heart attacks, strokes, diseases, cancer) can come without warning, and usually happens to seniors. Im not sure of the statistics but from who I’ve known experienced those things are mostly seniors.

  1. I would rather reduce stress and hypertension for 20 years than living with both for 100 years

    1. I agree with you Ali, I think there is no disadvantages in smoking. there is only advantages

    2. There are healthier and cheaper ways to reduce stress and hypertension.

      In addition, the issue with smoking is not simply fatality, but how you die. Dying from smoking related illnesses isn’t quick and painless. The stress from lung cancer treatments, hospital visits, relying on an oxygen tank, and chronic pain is far worse than stress from work or whatever other stress you might be trying to cope with by smoking.

  2. I feel obliged to tell you that points 1, 2, and 3 are incorrect.

    Firstly, smoking do not improve mental health. In fact, it worsens it. The BMJ article states “Smoking cessation is associated with reduced depression, anxiety, and stress and improved positive mood and quality of life compared with continuing to smoke” ( The reasons are complex, but it is not a good stress-coping mechanism in the long run.

    Secondly, smoking does not improve your blood pressure. In fact, it does the opposite. “Cigarette smoking acutely exerts an hypertensive effect, mainly through the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system” ( It also drastically increases your cardiovascular risk factors for developing stroke, heart attacks, and eye disease, to name just a few.

    Thirdly, heavy smoking increases body mass. “In contrast, heavy smokers tend to have greater body weight than do light smokers or nonsmokers, which likely reflects a clustering of risky behaviors (eg, low degree of physical activity, poor diet, and smoking) that is conducive to weight gain.”

    Apart from lowering your risk of ulcerative colitis and Parkinson’s (both of which are relatively rare), there is no biologically benefit to smoking.

    1. I stopped smoking for 16 years ago. And start smoking again. You will feel a big difference. Lots more happiness, no stress and anxiety. And you wonder why you stopped smoking, like is has been big waste in life.

      These symptoms can stay for months. And believe me, it fades over to other feelings over time. When keep smoking you will be more a LOTS more stressed and sad with economy. I thought it doesnt matter. Until i checked my economy again and again. And see my money goes more and more away over time. Until you have no money to buy expensive things (New computer, new furnitures etc). And you will end a life where you only nearly can buy food and cigarettes, when other things are too expensive.

      When start smoking again, you will think, you can handle only smoke about 2 cigarettes a day. But over time (Months) you will be so happy with it, that you gradually will increase smoking more, until you build up a dependence on it, so it makes it more hard to reduce the smoking again. And it will kill you economy, which make you sad, and you need to borrow money or sell you things to have money enough to smoke.

      And who wish to sell all their things or never have money to a new computer, just to have money enough to smoke it up.

      I feel my best life could be if it possible to only smoke in periods. And stop smoking for a time, when my economy is bad. And hope it is possible to get used to it, also the periods not to smoke not to feel to depended on it. And then i hope to make a book about stop smoking or take break with it. When I have tried stop smoking several times, i try to figure outr the best way not to smoke.

  3. My Wife was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when she was 52 years old 4 years ago. The levodopa did very little to help her. The medical team did even less. Her decline was rapid and devastating. It was muscle weakness at first, then her hands and tremors. Last year, a family friend told us about Natural Herbs Centre and their successful Parkinson’s Ayurveda TREATMENT, we visited their website www . natural herbs centre . c o m and ordered their Parkinson’s Ayurveda protocol, i am happy to report the treatment effectively treated and reversed her Parkinson’s disease, most of her symptoms stopped, she is able to walk and her writing is becoming great, sleep well and exercise regularly., she is pretty active now

  4. My whole family doesn’t smoke, yet loads of them have heart desease, cancer or died young. They all had healthy lifes, non-smokers. I know people who started smoking when they were 14 and are now in their 60’s and as healthy as can be.

    1. That doesn’t mean smoking isn’t problematic. For one, not smoking doesn’t automatically mean a healthy lifestyle. Other factors affecting health include diet, alcohol consumption, and exposure to harmful substances. These things could have affected your family. Two, some people won the genetic lottery. They’re blessed with bodies that can handle things others can’t. Sometimes, it’s just luck. For example, some people have survived gun shot wounds to the head. Does that mean everyone will survive a shot to the head? No. Same with cigs. Some will get horrible diseases and a lucky few will live long. Thus, people should avoid smoking because it is an unnecessary risk. And I know some people would say something like driving a car or crossing the street carries risk, but those things, unlike cigs, are necessary.

  5. The internet in a nutshell. I can write stupid things and pass it off as truth too. Here goes.

    My mom smoked and she lived to be 103 years old with no health problems. My uncle never smoked and ate his fruits and veggies and lived an active lifestyle. He died at the age of 34.

    Do the research, dipwads. You’re NOT going to see multitudes of healthy living articles talking about how you should start smoking. Then again I’m sure there’s probably sick people on the internet who believe child predation is perfectly acceptable and will argue to the bone for it.

  6. all you dutty guys need to get a life. Cut yo foreskin off and chew it you cheesegrater batty munchers stylllllllllllllllll🚬🚬🚬

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