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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