ScOrPYPeople may live long and smoke, but I doubt they have healthy lungs and probably get tired a lot more easily.
Oh god well in that case ban it! :p Nah, I see what you're getting at though. It's not worth starting up-- my mom's been smoking since she was young, and I think I've learned from her mistake. To each their own, however. Here in Manitoba, Canada (and in fact, it started with my city-Winnipeg), smoking is banned in all public places, and you have to be 8 meters (i believe) from a public building to smoke, just to keep the entrances here *this part is what I would consider unreasonable, and is why it's unenforced-- imagine being downtown and trying to get 8 meters from a public place). If you don't believe me about the smoking ban, look it up. Not only are cigarettes not allowed to be advertised on TV (as we all know), but they can't even be on the walls behind convenience stores now-- they have to be under the counter. It's actually working out, so I'm not opposed to this idea, either. It helps a lot of people quit, and unlike the in the US, we pay an average of $11.00 a pack, thanks to government taxing, which is completely fair-- acts as a deterant and is a good source of collecting money for the government. This may seem like a change of opinion from my last post, but what I'm really against is banning it altogether. People have the right to smoke, and you're really not hurting anyone if you're outside and in your house (but as I said before-- NOT around children). Ideally, it will fade out, but the right should still be there. I just can't stand the anti-smoking zealots who intentionally make a big fuss and pretend to cough because someone's smoking, and wouldn't even be friends with a smoker!
Saquist^The above comments are the views of smokers and do not reflect the views of those who wish the live long and healthy lives.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=Me] I'm not a smoker myself, I don't get anything out of doing it
I think that the risks of smoking are somewhat exaggerated these days. If you are smoking 15 fags a day for 50 years of your life, I'm pretty sure your going to reduce your lifespan somewhat, but I don't think that smoking for a few years is going to drastically harm your body. It certainly isn't good for you, but it certainly isn't the equivalent of cranking up smack.
It may not kill you but when you get older your poor lungs will feel it.
Saquist^The above comments are the views of smokers and do not reflect the views of those who wish the live long and healthy lives.
Jeez, you really DO belong in America. You are such healthfreaks over there that it makes me sick. You totally lack the respect for other people and their choises in life. Your views and your banning-mentality is makinf me want to puke!!!:mad:
Yes I smoke...So what??? What are YOU going to do about it?
GrimmeI think that the risks of smoking are somewhat exaggerated these days. If you are smoking 15 fags a day for 50 years of your life, I'm pretty sure your going to reduce your lifespan somewhat, but I don't think that smoking for a few years is going to drastically harm your body. It certainly isn't good for you, but it certainly isn't the equivalent of cranking up smack.
Id say people still aren't fully aware of all the negative effects, people seem to think that its only lung cancer and only if you smoke 20 a day for 50 years. Below are the ways you may die if you smoke;
(based on 2002 mortality data)
Deaths from disease estimated to be caused by smokingAs % of all deaths from disease
Lung 84% Upper respiratory 64% Oesophagus 68% Bladder 37% Kidney 27% Stomach 26% Pancreas 23% Myeloid Leukaemia 15%
Chronic obstructive lung disease 84% Pneumonia 17%
Circulatory Ischaemic heart disease 17%
And ways to decrease the quality of your life;
Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (gum disease) Muscle injuries Angina (20 x risk) Neck pain Back pain Nystagmus (abnormal eye movements) Buerger’s Disease (severe circulatory disease) Ocular Histoplasmosis (fungal eye infection) Duodenal ulcer Osteoporosis (in both sexes) Cataract (2 x risk) Osteoarthritis Cataract, posterior subcapsular (3 x risk) Penis (Erectile dysfunction) Colon Polyps Peripheral vascular disease Crohn’s Disease (chronic inflamed bowel) Pneumonia Depression Psoriasis (2 x risk) Diabetes (Type 2, non-insulin dependent) Skin wrinkling (2 x risk) Hearing loss Stomach ulcer Influenza Rheumatoid arthritis (for heavy smokers) Impotence (2 x risk) Tendon injuries Optic Neuropathy (loss of vision, 16 x risk) Tobacco Amblyopia (loss of vision) Ligament injuries Tooth loss Macular degeneration (eyes, 2 x risk) Tuberculosis
Ejaculation (volume reduced) Sperm count reduced Fertility (30% lower in women) Sperm motility impaired Immune System (impaired) Sperm less able to penetrate the ovum Menopause (onset 1.74 years early on average) Sperm shape abnormalities increased
Asthma Graves’ disease (over-active thyroid gland) Chronic rhinitis (chronic inflammation of the nose) Multiple Sclerosis Diabetic retinopathy (eyes) Optic Neuritis (eyes)
Common cold Pneumonia Crohn’s Disease (chronic inflamed bowel) Tuberculosis Influenza
Now I imagine no one here could honestly say they knew all of these effects of smoking. A fifth of all UK deaths each year are attributed to smoking;
The most recent estimates show that around 114,000 people in the UK are killed by smoking every year, accounting for one fifth of all UK deaths. Deaths from smoking are significantly higher than deaths from: traffic accidents (3,439); poisoning and overdose (881); alcoholic liver disease (5,121); other accidental deaths (8,579); murder and manslaughter (513); suicide (4,066); and HIV infection (234) in the UK during 2002.
I think the effects of smoking arent exaggerated.