9/30/2009

Healthy Cigarettes?



Nicotine, like caffeine, is actually fairly beneficial in many circumstances. Nicotine simultaneously stimulates and calms people. It is one reason why soldiers like to smoke when they are out on patrol -- staying alert is at a premium, but they also don't want to drink a lot of caffeine because it can cause your hands to shake slightly.

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Blogger AnonymousDoe said...

Cigarettes are also used by mentally ill people to self-medicate:

Smoking and Mental Illness

http://www.enotalone.com/article/3110.html

A proportionally large number of people with mental illness smoke. The smoking rate in the general population is just over 20% (Glassman 1999), while the proportion of people with schizophrenia who smoke may be as high as 90% (Glassman, 1993).

9/30/2009 4:59 PM  
Blogger geekWithA.45 said...

Interesting.


FWIW:
I had a pretty deep nicotine addiction that completely messed with my sense of agency. It took Chantix to get me out of. Now that I've been clear of all that for years, I don't think I'm interested in going back, *even*if* most or all of the deleterious health effects can be avoided.

10/01/2009 1:15 AM  

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