Different warning labels on the cigarette packs, right after the advertisement of cigarette products and public service messages have made everyone fully aware about the dangers of smoking tobacco.
Tobacco is the biggest cause of different health conditions like lung cancer and mouth cancer. It can worsen your eye problems if you already have one, elevates blood pressure etc. but did you know that there are some advantages of smoking tobacco too. Puffing cigarette is not something parents and health professionals approve of but some studies reveal interesting facts about Benefits of Smoking Tobacco.
The most amazing benefit of smoking tobacco is its ability to alleviate mental illness. It has been reported that tobacco helps patients with schizophrenia and anxiety.
An article published in 1995 in neuroscience and bio reviews stated that such patients use cigarette as self-medication. It also said that nicotine present in tobacco lowers the psychiatric, sensory, cognitive and physical effects of schizophrenia. Smoking tobacco also provides relief from the anti-psychotic drugs.
Studies also show that nicotine also has a very positive affect on the patients with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson disease. The chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson disease was a lot less in smokers then in non-smokers. Doctor Laura Fratiglioni of Huddinge University Hospital in Sweden stated that the development of AD and PD is about 50 % lower in smokers compared to non-smokers.
Cigarette smoking develops an undefined biological Neuro-protective influence against these diseases.
Many smokers claimed smoking to suppress their hunger or appetite, which has been proved true by the researchers of university of Melbourne. The study conducted by these researchers on rats who were exposed to cigarette smoke showed that the rats lost their appetite and weight.so many smokers use it to self-medicate obesity and compulsive over eating disorders.
Nicotine in tobacco also has anti-inflammatory properties. The department of gastroenterology at the University Hospital of Wales carried out some studies that showed the in vitro results that smoking tobacco reduced the chances of developing ulcerative colitis in smokers. Ulcerative colitis is a severe digestive disorder.
The anti-inflammatory effects of smoking cigarettes are also shown to provide advantage to second hand smokers. A study conducted in Sweden showed that the children of smokers were less likely to develop allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, atopic eczema, and food allergies.
Smoking tobacco also is found to help pregnant women. A study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that smoking cigarette aids preeclampsia. This condition is very fatal and common. However smoking pregnant women were seen at low risk to develop this condition as compared to nonsmoker expectant mothers. However, this should not be tried in any individual case.
Smoking tobacco and cigarette is also seen to decrease mortality and morbidity for some conditions. But again it should be kept in mind that the advantages of smoking tobacco and cigarette are very few compared to its disadvantages that can lead to deadly and chronic life threatening problems.
The mentioned benefits are not enough to start smoking tobacco as an excuse, always go for some botanical or pharmaceutical treatment for any condition that you have.
In the future we might be able to extract out all the goodness of tobacco without causing the possible health problems that come along with smoking. But for now it is a brainer to stay away from it.
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