Can Smoking Have Positive Implications?

There is no denying the fact that smoking is one of the vices responsible for an extremely high mortality rate.

The purpose of the following article is not by any means to determine you to start smoking or to advocate tobacco; it’s written purely for informational reasons and it should be interpreted as such. If you are wondering why you don’t see doctors prescribing cigarettes to a patient who is suffering from one of the conditions I’m about to describe, then it’s because the overwhelming number of dangers associated with tobacco smoking greatly outweighs the potentially positive results. But without further ado, let’s find out whether or not this – smoke – cloud has a silver lining.

Positive effects on the cartilage/ligaments of the knee

The research that yielded this unlikely result was performed in July, 2011 by the University of Adelaide, a higher learning facility located in Australia. In short, the results indicate that the number of smokers who are forced to undergo knee replacement surgical operations is considerably lower compared to non-smokers. The premise of the study was that knee replacement surgery is prevalent among athletes and obese people. Typically, smokers do not fit in either category because they rarely practice risk-sports like running and, as you are about to find out in a moment, have a low to medium average weight.

In order to validate the results of the study, variables like age, weight and normal exercise routine have been maintained under control. So far, the only potential explanation for the results of the study comprises of the protective effect that nicotine manifests on ligaments and cartilages. On a side note, an earlier study showed that smokers have a lower risk of developing osteoporosis.

Lower risks of developing Parkinson and dementia

The unlikely relation between tobacco and the aforementioned neurologic condition has also remained unexplained. One might be tempted to say that smokers develop age specific neurological disorders due to the fact that most of them succumb young. However, the study, which was performed in March, 2010 controls the age group and eliminates that possibility.

Even though it did not uncover the reason why smokers are “shielded”, the data indicates that the protective features of tobacco is not influenced by the number of daily cigarettes. In fact, the more years a person smokes – irrespective of whether it was 1, 2 or 3 packs per day – is directly proportional with the protective factor. Moreover, it seems that quitting dispels the “magical” protective effect.

Less chances of becoming obese

As mentioned earlier, obesity is infrequent among smokers and particularly among those who have taken the habit at an earlier age. However, the explanation is a bit more intricate than it would initially seem. For example, you might be tempted to say that it is because the nicotine enacts the role of appetite suppressant. And you would be right, it does, but there is more to it. In regards to the appetite suppressant role of nicotine, it is because it works directly on the hypothalamus.

At the same time, the stimulant function generate behavioral changes which reflect on the smoker’s “snacking” patterns, typically in a negative way. Moreover, tobacco cigarettes decrease the sensitivity of the gustatory papillae, so our ability to perceive the full array of food flavors weakens, which makes the activity of eating less and less appealing.

Post heart attack protection and diminished mortality related to the condition

This is usually referred to as the smoker’s paradox within the medical community. In essence, the results of numerous studies suggest that a smoker who has already experienced a non-lethal heart attack has less chances to die from subsequent heart attacks. In addition to that, the organism of a smoker generally manifests an increased responsiveness to angioplasty and fibrinolytic therapy, the two most frequently utilized artery-cleaning procedures.

However, it is no less true that smoking is one of the factors that accelerate the plaque/fat buildups in the first place, causing the heart attack. Since the heart attacks manifest approximately 10 years sooner for people who smoke, the generally accepted explanation is that the younger age determines more favorable outcomes. On the other hand, the finding of a research that dates from August, 2005 suggest that age is not the exclusive factor here and the medical community has yet to discover the roots of the smoker’s paradox.

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Chad writes about latest innovations in the field of electronic cigarette cartridges most of the time, but he also enjoys presenting more details regarding smoking and its health implications.

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