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60 reasons for not smoking

90 reasons to keep on (or take up) smoking

Personal health

Personal health

1. Increases the risk of lung cancer 1. Statistically, only in people well over 70 years of age, where statistical death occurs anyway. Click here for more information on statistical deaths, and here for lung cancer.
2. Increases the risk of emphysema 2. So do (and in much greater amount) the hundreds of millions of tons of carcinogenic substances from motor vehicles. Click here for more info, here for further information.
3. Increases the risk of cardio-vascular disease 3. False information. There is no proof of that. For more information, click here. For further information, click here.
4. Increases the risk of breast cancer 4. False information. The evidence shows no correlation, or even the opposite. Click here for more information
5. Increases the risk of cancer of mouth, oesophagus and other forms of bronchial cancer 5. Distorted information. Those are multifactorial diseases. The incidence of smoking on those diseases, like in most, cannot be determined. For more information, click here.
6. Increases the risk of all forms of cancer not mentioned above 6. Misleading information. The etiopathogenesis (origin) of cancer is unknown. It is impossible to state an effect if the cause of a phenomenon is unknown.
7. Increases the risk of stroke 7.
8. Increases the risk of pneumonia 8.
9. Increases the risk of bronchitis 9.
10. Increases the risk of diseases of the eye (e.g. Graves' disease) 10.
11. Increases the risk of back complaints 11. This is a new nonsense we have never heard before. Cigarettes are not that heavy! However, broken bones have been listed as "social cost" caused by smoking! Click here for more information.
12. Increases the risk of ear complaints 12. Old - and, as usual, unproven - statement of the antitobacco cartel. For more scientific information, click here.
13. Increases the risk of vascular constriction 13. Misleading information, bent to suit a political agenda. There is no evidence of that. For more information, click here.
14. Increases the risk of respiratory disease 14. Repetition of statements already made, this time in generic terms, to give mass to false claims. See above links for information.
15. Affects breathing quality 15. Repetition of statements already made, this time in generic terms, to give mass to false claims. See above links for information.
16.Affects the operation of the immune system 16. As for the rest of this document, no reference is gives to substantiate the claim. There is absolutely no proof that smoking affects the operation of the immune system.
17. Causes deteriation of general physical condition 17. Generic statement without value. Sex, food, and almost any human activity can cause deterioration of physical conditions. It is a function of quantity, and smoking is no exception.
18. Increases the chance of impotence (erection problems) 18. Totally false and propagandistic statement. Smokers have been reproducing successfully for thousands of years. The most famous "lovers" were (and are) smokers. For more information, click here.
19. Increases the chance of infertility 19. Another false and propagandistic statement related to number 18. Same comments and links apply.
20. Reduces the capacity of the blood to take in oxygen 20. Technically, the statement is correct, but it is strictly a function of quantity and frequency. For example, chain smokers are largely more exposed to this possibillity than regular smokers.
21. Increases the risk of dental illness 21. Statement not substantiated by facts. Proper dental hygene is necessary for all. Moreover, according to the larger study ever performed on this topic, smokers have overall better mouth health than non-smokers.

Health of others

Health of others

22. Increases the chance of miscarriage or damage to the foetus 22. Totally false information, "borrowed" from the effects of alcohol, where the statement applies. For more information on smoking and pregnancy, click here. For further information, click here.
23. Lower birth weight of children 23. Enormous distortion. Statistically speaking, the weight loss of the infants of smokers, in the rare cases in which it is present, averages 4 grams. See also cell 22 above.
24. Lower mental capacity (IQ) of children. 24. There is absolutely no proof of that. Such statement raises serious doubts on the mental capacity (IQ) of those who make it.
25. Increased chance of SID (cot death) when the parents smoke 25. Absolutely false statement, which is also very reprehensible, for it aims at exploiting the emitions of those parents who are already the victims of a terrible tragedy. The causes of SIDS are totally unknown. For more information on this fraud, click here.
26. Increased chance of other causes of infant death 26. Generic and meaningless statement along the lines of 25.
27. Affects the health of children 27. Generic and meaningless statement, once again, added for the purpose of volume. So do chocolate, junk food, and jam!
28. Affects the health of others in the environment 28. The danges of passive smoke are a well-established statistical and scientific fraud. For monumental information and proof of this statement, click here.
29. Sore eyes and eye diseases of others as a result of tobacco smoke 29. When smoke in a room accumulates to the point of causing sore eyes, that is a clear indication of unsanitary ventilation. The absence of smoke does not make the situation any better, as the bacteria and the CO2 in the air are still present. Smoke is useful as a markes for those unsanitary conditions. There is no proof whatsoever that passive smoke causes eye disease. For more information on ventilation, click here.
30. Increases the chance of contamination during sexual contact (semen, fingers) 30. This is a fine one! Washing one's hand (not just during sexual contact!) has always been a good practice that antismokers don't seem to follow much. Other than that, there is no evidence whatsoever to sustain that claim.
31. Increases the chance of disease due to drinking contaminated breast milk 31. See comments in 30.

Quality of life

Quality of life

32. Physical addiction 32. This is another landmark fraud of the antitobacco cartel, result of the distortion of the definition of addiction - particularly to nicotine which, what a coindicence, is not addictive at all when marketed by the pharmaceutica industry to quit smoking! For more information about the "addictiveness" of nicotine, click here.
33. Psychological addiction 33. This statement is a "spin-off" of statement 32. Following this logic, coffe is addictive, because for many, it inevitably comes after a meal, or first thing in the morning. And so are thousands of other substances, and habits.
34. Social addiction 34. That seems logical... to any crook! If the individual is addicted, then many "addicted" create a social addiction. It is self-evident with antitobacco. The social addiction to fraud and distortion has overtaken the size of any epidemic ever known to man.
35. Loss of sense of smell 35. Very old legend which, like all legends, has a veneer of truth. Intense use of tobacco tends to "monopolise" the sense of smell, but the condition is temporary, and lasts about two-three minutes after extingushing the cigarette. The same effect can be often noticed after the use of the toilette, or when exiting a perfume shop.
36. Loss of sense of taste 36. Consequence of 35, and the same comments apply. The same effect can be noticed after eating hot peppers, that should be duly banned because responsible for this unfortunate effect.
37. Limitation of the possibility of maintaining a relationship 37. ...Especially if the realtionship is with an antismoker! But who wants a relationship with that kind of individual, anyway?
38. Body odours 38. There is absolutely no evidence that smoking increases sweating... It has not been fabricated, yet, that is! Again, antismokers show great concern and fear for the use of the shower, and they cannot conceive its regular use - perhaps because of the elevated number of accidents in showers - an unreasonable risk that justifies the sporadic use of the facility - and the prohibition of smoking!
39 . Breath odours 39. It is the observation of many that non-smokers have a fetid breath - perhaps because of the lack of the chemical action of nicotine. Perhaps the "loss of sense of smell" can help smokers to withstand the breath of non smokers with greater stoichism!
40. Evil smelling clothes 40. The same logic of the shower use applies to antismokers when it comes to clothes. Sweat-smelly clothes seems to turn antismokers on. Dry cleaners and washing machines are expensive, and pollute. Antismokers are also very ecological, to the point of adversity to the use of those machines. Besides, tobacco has a beautiful smell, and in times of greater wisdom, it was used as a base for beautifully-smelling perfumes.
41. Yellow, unattractive hands 41. "Yellow hands" have disappeared  since the appearance of filter tip cigarettes. which that huge majority of smokers consume nowadays. Moreover, yellow hands are also supplied with over half of the Asian population, but that does not make them unattractive!
42. Bye, white teeth! 42. The colour of teeth (yellow or white) depends on the natural type of teeth, which in fact are even divided into the yellow or white type. Do we have to deduce that oral hygene, in these antismoking times, is gone the same way of dry cleaners and shower stalls?
43. Premature ageing of skin leading to an older appearance 43. This other peice of propaganda has no actual verification in real life. Wrinkling is part of the genetic make-up of the individual. Moreover, "tan lamps", so much used to enhance the "healthy" look of the health nuts to the point of making them look like caricatures of black people, are much more responsible for wrinkling - and skin cancer.

Domestic aspects

Domestic aspects

44. Stale air indoors 44. Excellent opportunity to open the windows, and refresh and oxygenate indoor air for the benefit of all.
45. Increased fire risk 45. Time to ban gas stoves, lighters, portable heaters, and flammables at work and in the house
46. Dirty walls and ceilings 46. Domestic hygene - like personal hygene - is definitely not the "forte" of antismokers. Frequent cleaning of the house helps the removal of bacteria, grease and dust - abundantly present in nonsmoking houses as well.
47. Dirty furniture, fittings and household goods 47. See above. It also follows that nonsmoking hauses are dirtiers than smoking houses, because they are not cleaned so frequently.
48. Filthy, smelly ashtrays 48. The beautiful scent of tobacco enhances the environment of the smoker. Moreover, ashtrays can be beautifully decorative. To close, they can easily be kept clean.
49. Chance of poisoning children due to swallowing cigarette butts 49. Another fine one here! Sharp-clipped fingernails, spent condoms, and key holders usually represent a much greater danger.



50. Inconveniences others in the vicinity 50. Smoking prohibition inconveniences smokers in the vicinity.
51. Handicap in social dealings 51. Stay away from social dealing with antismokers as much as possible.
52. More difficult to get a job 52. Go work for smokers. They are often more sociable and tolerant anyway. Moreover, many establishments where the management is smoking prefer smokers to nonsmokers, thus increasing the possibility of employment.
53. More difficult to get a partner 53. If this is intended sexually, or romantically, smokers love their own. if abstinence for smoking is used as blackmail by nonsmokers to "get" the perspective partner, the nonsmokers don't know what they are missing!
54. Bad example to growing children 54. Good example to growing children. The bad example is given by intolerance, bogotry, resentment, and false paternalism - all "endowements" that are quite common in antismokers. Smokers ususlay are tolerant,, easy-going people who teach their children the importance of diversity, and different opinions.



55. Constant fear of running out of cigarettes 55. Buy cigarettes in bulk. They are ususlly cheaper.
56. Often having to look for means of lighting cigarettes 56. Usually a form of entertainment. If that desturbs you, put matches or lighters in the pocket all the clothes in the cabinet, even if you don't wear the clothes right now. You will never run out of lights.
57. Often having to look for places where it's possible and allowed to smoke 57. This is indeed becoming more frequent. Help to expose the frauds on passive smoke, and the other lies of the anti-tabacco cartel to end this form of quasi-racial discrimination. Discrimination has been made obsolete by societies that call themselves "advanced" - or has it not?
58. Accidents caused by smoking in cars 58. Talking and arguing in vehicles is a great cause of distraction, thus accidents. It is about time that talking - such unnecessary habit while driving - is forbidden, or at least, a sound campaign against it is launched... for health & safety, of course. Do you have any idea how many deaths that is causing?
59. Becoming a slave to the profit motive of the tobacco industry 59. Time to quit driving. Ford is a slave driver. Become a slave to the profit motive of the pharmaceutical industry (who pays the antismokers to get you to buy smoking cessation products) instead.
60. and Oh! the enormous cost! 60. and Oh! The enormous dishonesty of the government, making 8 to 10 times more profit than the tobacco industry in taxes alone, often to pay off anti-tobacco so it can lie to us more!



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61. Smoking protects against Parkinson disease. For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 62. Smoking improves human information precessing. For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 63. Higher nicotine cigarettes produce greater improvements [in information processing] than low-nicotine cigarettes. For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 64. Nicotine can reverse the detrimental effects of scopolamine on performance. For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 65. Smoking effects are accompanied by increases in EEG arousal and decreases in the latency of the late positive component of the evoked potential. For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 66. Smokers in general are thinner than nonsmokers, even when they ingest more calories. For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 67. "...All smokers had less plaque, gingival inflammation and tooth mobility than nonsmokers and similar periodontal pocket depth." For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 68. Smokers have lower incidence of postoperative deep vein thrombosis than nonsmokers.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 69. Hypertension prevalence rate among smokers is lower than in nonsmokers. For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 70. Hypertension and postpartum hemorrhage were lower in smokers. For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 71. "RBCs [red blood cells] from cigarette smokers contain more glutathione and catalase and protect lung endothelial cells against O2 [dioxide] metabolites better than RBCs from nonsmokers." For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 72. There is a low prevalence of smoking in ulcerative colitis. The disease often starts or relapses after stopping smoking. For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 73. Smokers have more reduced risks of Alzheimer's disease than non smokers. For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 74.  Urinary Cotinine Concentration Confirms the Reduced Risk of Preeclampsia with Tobacco Exposure
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 75. Smoking may protect against neural tube defects
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 76. Maternal smoking may hinder mother-child transmission of Helicobacter pylori infection
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 77. Research indicates that nicotine holds potential for non-surgical heart by-pass procedures
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 78. Nicotine has positive effects on cognitive performance in Down's syndrome
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 79. Smoking has a positive effect on inflammatory bowel disease. For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 80. The passive smoke study the WHO tried to bury clearly shows that passive smoke has a protective effect on those who are close to the smoker. To download the original study, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 81. Smokers tend to be cleaner than nons mokers.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 82. Smokers tend to be more tolerant and sociable than non smokers.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 83. Smoking is a gratification of life.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 84. Smokers contribute millions of dollars each second to the world economy.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 85. Smoking has a relaxing effect on the individual.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 87. Smokers are greater spenders than non smokers, thus further contributing to the wealth of society.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 88. The oldest people in the world are all smokers. For more information, click here.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 89. Most great geniuses of the last 500 years were smokers.
moticon3.gif (251 bytes) 90. Not ONE of the over 100 diseases attributed to smoking can be PROVEN by science to be "caused" by smoking.

"I'd love to accompany this with a list of reasons for smoking, but I couldn't find one which weighed against any

single one of the above list! "- Piers Clement

THERE YOU GO, PIERS! Now, you have it!



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