Benefits of Smoking Cigarettes?

Smoking is bad, they say. It will attack your lungs, incapacitate your heart, yellow your teeth, wrinkle your skin, and empty your wallet. And once it’s gotten its fill, it will probably kill you too.

But there have to be perks to smoking too, right? Right?? Why else would almost 20% of the population continue to actively use tobacco products? We dug deep into the well on this one, but were able to come up with some “benefits” of smoking cigarettes.

Benefits of Smoking Cigarettes Uncovered

We found 3 benefits of cigarette smoking that most people don’t think of. Here they are:

1. Look Older, Distinguished

Do your youthful features hold you back in life? Do you find yourself thinking, “Man, if only I looked like I will 20 years in the future!”? Does your young, healthy appearance bring you down? If so, you’re in luck.  One of the lesser known benefits of cigarettes is that you can add decades to your physical appearance in just a fraction of the time!

smokers face

Smoking allows anyone the ability to fast forward through their body’s physical life. While this usually means early death and/or chronic disease, many smokers take the risk. The “aged smoker” look, as shown above, is apparently all the rage.

If you want pale, wrinkled skin and a face that says “I have been ravaged by life and time”, you’ll certainly find benefit in sucking down tobacco smoke daily.  Ensure you are never mistaken for a youth again!

 

2. Enjoy Smoke Break Culture

As a smoker, you’ll receive unlimited participation in 7-10 minutes of organized puffing and talking with other smokers. These are most often called “smoke breaks”.

Smoking break situations can happen any time, anywhere and with anyone (well…anyone who smokes). And boy, non-smokers are really missing out on the mind-blowing scope of conversation that goes on during your typical smoke break. We broke down the data of smoke break conversations and found the following: 

benefit of smoke breaks

 

3. Become a Regular

There’s something about being a “regular” at a place of business that is just a little bit magical. Being on a first name basis with the waitresses at your favorite restaurant, ordering “the usual” and feeling at home in a public restaurant is a unique and fulfilling experience.

Which brings us to our third and final benefit of smoking! Smokers also get to experience the thrill of being a regular at a business, just without all that human connection BS.

Just replace Big Boy and their cheery staff with the closest liquor store to your home, and its revolving crew of surly clerks. There’s just something so…edgy, yeah we’ll call it edgy, about having “regular” status at a store that deals in human vices, about a staff that knows you by the brand you smoke rather than the person you are.

smoking regular liquor store

And when you drive by with your mother-in-law or new girlfriend, you can proudly say, “That’s my spot!”

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Wrapping Up

Smoking tobacco cigarettes does not have any benefits beyond the short-term and the shallow. And these “benefits” are absurdly out of proportion with the risks involved and the damages caused by tobacco.

Most benefits are imagined or sensationalized by the nicotine-addicted mind, which is prone to morph perception  when it comes to anything involving cigarettes.

So, for example, let’s say you haven’t smoked a cigarette in a while and are feeling a bit of brain fog. You then smoke a cigarette and feel more alert. The perceived benefit is that the cigarette made you more alert. But the truth of the matter is that you were withdrawing from nicotine and smoking the cigarette simply satisfied the withdrawal and helped clear away the fog. Not a benefit because the cigarettes caused the brain fog in the first place.

There may even be other short term benefits. Maybe you feel an initial sense of belonging with other smokers. You may find comfort in the ritual of a smoking at a certain time of day. But none of these short term rewards will ever come close to nullifying the devastating toll that tobacco smoke takes on the body.

On the other side of those few meaningless “benefits” lie extraordinarily high risks of death and suffering. It may be a  death sentence in the form of an incurable lung cancer diagnosis. It may be 10 years of suffering from COPD (also incurable), a life of struggling harder to take in breath each day until finally it wins, you can’t take that next breath and you die. It could be a factor or even the main cause of a heart attack or stroke. Not to mention all of the other havoc that it wreaks on the human body. All of the minor benefits of smoking wouldn’t even tip the scale against the long-term risk and short term damage.

In all seriousness: If you are still smoking tobacco, I am telling you from the bottom of my heart that you should find a way to stop. In just 35 short years, I’ve seen so much suffering at the hands of cigarettes in my family. It’s taken a toll on me emotionally and shown me just how devastating it is to everyone involved.

I think everyone has the power to quit cold turkey, but if you can’t or don’t want to, than just switch to another way to get your nicotine. We recommend the patch or electronic cigarettes, they both deliver the same damn substance to your nicotine receptors. Just realign your perception and run away from tobacco as fast as you can.

Logging off,

Nathan

33 Comments

  1. This is a really well written article,dosent seem to be getting the attention it deserves but i enjoyed the read. As someone who recently gave up smoking i can relate, and yes honestly those are the only good things about smoking. I only smoked for just under 5 years and i was feeling the negative affects strongly.
    Shallow breathing, sharp pains in my chest and shoulders,headaches,coughing up blood (!!!!!!?!?! this shit is scary)

    about a half a pack to a pack of L&M Reds a day,for about 5 years, currently at a week cold turkey and i feel great. I havent even had the urge to use my e-cig this time around but i have it as backup just in case.

    • I am happy for you Reid. I wish I could say the same. I smoked for over 40 years and stopped 7 months ago. No I do not feel any benefits health wise. Quite the opposite. I have never been or felt so sick in my life since I stopped. I will not smoke again because I can’t afford to but I would love to have at least one health benefit felt. The air we breath is toxic so why blame smokes? Why do the companies add chemicals? Lots of ????? Good luck with your effort, you can do it if you really want to.

      • It’s interesting that you say you don’t feel any health benefits. In Brief I quit in 1986. Suddenly. Cold turkey after ten years of puffing, and in social environment that was much more ‘smoking permissive’ than it is now.

        I felt the health benefits from day one. Day by day, I felt my appetite improve, saw my skin look better, breath improved, could taste stuff properly, put on the right amount of weight, got fit…everything. These benefits drove me forward and reinforced my resolve to stay off them.

        Realise it’s nearly 30 years now. Best day’s work I’ve ever done.

    • Kudos to you Reid for quitting cold turkey. I smoked Camel Lights for about 3 years and finally after the 7th time of going cold turkey, it finally worked. I’ve been about 2 months without a cigarette. I don’t have any cravings. One of the positives is that I can now finally go to a gym and start working out. When I smoked I couldn’t do that. Keep up the good work.

  2. Fact #1

    Smoking increases activity of the neurotransmitter dopamine. The chemical messenger is most commonly associated with gratification and is sometimes called the pleasure neurotransmitter. However, peer reviewed research suggests that certain levels of dopamine are most often associated with mental focus! This could very well mean that cigarettes can make people smarter!

    Fact#2

    Tobacco was the first good of commerce in colonized America and remains one today. Therefore, smoking helps simulate the us economy. In times of economic hardship large tobacco corporations contribute to the solution.

    Fact#3

    You didn’t “dig deep” for anything. People know cigarettes are bad for them and being talked to like there idiots isn’t going to resolve anything.

    • They’re* first off. And secondly can I have the sources where you found those ‘facts?’ Because to my understanding (with a degree for medical informative testing) last time I checked, dopamine that is released is over amounts is actually very damaging for the stimuli and decreases the level of other chemicals that develop long term memory. So sure maybe while you’re smoking you’re high on a cloud but boy is it going to suck *** when you crash down and forget everything you were “focused” on.

      • I understand that smoking two packs of cigarettes a day is not good in many ways. But if you value science and research you might want to look at recent research, including the WHO studies on smoking. You will find they found longer life spans, lower blood pressure, less heart disease and lung disease among steady smokers worldwide, than none smokers. This anti-smoking mania is mostly non-science. Most of the smoking studies, including the Koop reports, are not based on science but on the government thinking that a smoking population costs them. You can easily find all this info if you have an open mind.

  3. 1. Methamphetamine improves focus, is it a healthy choice? No doubt dopamine release is a beautiful thing….when it’s released in a natural response. Food, sex, exercise, achievement, etc. Not drugs or sucking down a cigarette. That’s a surefire way to completely dismantle your reward pathways in the brain.

    2. According to the CDC, the healthcare costs of lung cancer patients who were smokers is $133 billion. The loss in productivity from smoking related illnesses/death was $156 billion. The expected overall revenue of US tobacco companies in 2015? $25 billion.

    3. It wasn’t written for smokers who know smoking is bad. Those people wouldn’t be searching “benefits of smoking”. It was written for people who are still clinging to a hope that maybe smoking isn’t a big deal.

    I appreciate your comment and thanks for keeping it civil! Best of luck to you

  4. I would like to apologize for my former comment. You didn’t deserve that. I was having a horrible day and I took it out on the wrong person. I know your just trying to help people and you should continue. I hadn’t had a cigarette in two days at that point and I was very grumpy.

  5. cigarette smoking is slow suicide. it only benefits people who want to die.i really think it should be banned as so with alcohol because there are no benefits for the health of humans. thank you for sharing this message in your unique way. more people should be reading this.

    • We tried with alcohol. In case you don’t remember, to say it went badly is an understatement. The same would happen with cigarettes.

  6. I have recently started smoking.. cause I find it useful. Helps you in making new friends at college, office etc. Do you guys think, I should continue with it or stop it ?

  7. I think you should reconsider some of the points in the article. Nicotine does activate acetylcholine receptors in the brain, and has been shown to reduce risk of developing diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as alleviating some symptoms of other neurological conditions like aspergers and schizophrenia. This isn’t to suggest that it’s the best solution, but by intentionally misrepresenting tobacco as having no benefits whatsoever, it brings your integrity into question. Why should anyone trust anything you say, when what you’ve written here is obviously just an opinion with an agenda?

    • “Why should anyone trust anything you say, when what you’ve written here is obviously just an opinion with an agenda?”

      Yes, and that is what every psychologist and Dr. does too!

      I say, when it comes to your body, and what you do with that; that’s your business. If what you’re doing to yourself is not having a direct effect on harming or hurting anyone else, and it remains within your personal self, and personal business… Then, it’s nobody else’s business to nitpick what you’re doing with your eating or consuming.

      A cigarette is equivalent to the aggregate of radiation, toxin, pollution etc; that your body will absorb within a given amount of weeks.

      You are a human and you’re not going to live forever, and there’ll be an aggregate of things that are slowly degrading and causing your body to break down etc.

      A cigarette a day is not going to have any significant impact. Now for some, it’s more of a mental thing; you can look at it like, some people don’t have the willpower to be able to have a ‘temptation’ in front of them, and only smoked one cigarette, because they will keep smoking more; so they stay away from cigarettes, because they can’t control themselves. Then, others can have the ‘temptation’ in front of them, and can still refrain from smoking entire pack; just smoking a couple or maybe just one.

      If you eat cookies and candy, well it’s equivalent, because it’s excess.

      You can have a cigarette every day because you choose it and you want it. it’s something that you choose and it’s something that you want; it’s only a problem when you don’t want to do it, and for whatever reason you think you can’t stop doing it.

  8. its really gud… I realy wanna quit smoking… But I keep searching for reasons to smoke… Guys .. Pls help me out …

    • Do start some yoga and you will benefits for removing bad habit of smoking , try half an hour a day it will give you wonderful results.do not find any good reason to not to quit smoking , find good reason to live life with healthy habits.ALL THE BEST.

    • I can give you some reasons to smoke. Nicotine is an appetite suppressant, so if you want to lose weight- smoke. Nicotine also prevents ulcerative colitis- a fun fact my father’s gastroenterologist just told him. Then there are some social benefits. The best conversations at the bar or club are with the smokers outside of the bar or club. If you are not a people person, the smell of you will keep them away. Obviously, there are more reasons NOT to smoke but it’s not all bad. Just make sure you stick with your own tobacco or American Spirit.

  9. I have smoked for 47 years.12 years with
    cigarettes and 35 years with small cigars.I
    am also a Diabetic Type 1,since 1971.I may
    have a 1/2 pint of lager,once in a blue moon,
    but I keep to orange juice.My Doctors,say I
    should give up smoking.I try to reduce it.
    I see the reasons why my Doctors ask me
    to stop smoking.There are many things I
    here in the news,especially,Drinking,Drugs,
    Being Overweight,Cancer and many more.
    The Society of My Youth,is completely
    different to the Society in which I live in now.

  10. I thought he was headed in a certain direction, but he steered away from it. One of the rushes from the lifestyle of smoking is to get a smoking break. One works really hard and gets the juices flowing hoping they can get the work done ahead of time, so the smoker can take a smoking break on top of their other break. The adrenaline really gets going when the smoker asks the boss if they can take a smoking break. The anxiety waiting for their answer is a natural high. The anticipation of a smoking break in the restaurant world also exists. The smoker prays for no late tables, so they can can clock out and smoke.

  11. Benefits of smoking? Oh, it is very beneficial for the medical industry! What with difficulty in breathing, bleeding gums, acidity, halitosis (bad breath), yellow teeth and fingers, cancer, heart problems etc etc etc, the list goes on. There are trillions of free radicals (scavengers) that are released in the body with each cigarette that is smoked, which attack and attach to the healthy cells in the body changing their physiology… Try deep breathing, you’ll find that’s all you need.. after all what is smoking.. Just a way of breathing!(in harmful chemicals)

  12. Ok so i havent smoked and i dont care for it but people have smoked for years literally in the 50s and 60s smoking was a normality no one cared now everyone has a problem with it by the way the only way u get any of the deseizes is if u smoke a pack a day smoking a pack a month wont do anything my grandfather smoked from 16 to 72 !he quit and hes more healthier than me a 18 year old guy cause its more dependent on how u treat ur body than the cigs themselfs most smokers are lazy why do u think people die cause half of the smokers today are on there electronics lazy as fuck and now getting out people didnt die for the longest time in the 20th century cause technology still required work and there were better grooming skills and took care of themselfs so it is there own fault that they kill themselfs u can try to be a good smoker and be ok

  13. I switched to vaping about a year ago and it improved my lungs a great deal. Unfortunately about a month ago I had an umbilical hernia, and my surgeon basically told me if I didn’t quit nicotine he wouldn’t perform surgery. Notice I didn’t mention smoking, needless to say I have had to give up ALL forms of nicotine. Nicotine is bad mmmk. I’m almost at week 2 now. One thing that’s made it worse quitting was how much nicotine I was consuming as well. It was convenient to vape all the time and any where so my body was basically saturated with nicotine 2 weeks ago.

  14. smoking cig is just show off espitially for young generation that think some kind of grow up . but we all make same mistake. so cig is not a tobacco is a drug

  15. Today is day 4 no cigarette im sitting here talking myself out of going to buy a pack I sure hope I win and not my urge im 53 year old women who has been smoking since the age of 16 people often tell me I look 35yrs old I believe that because im 5’7 and 145lb skinny but when I look in the mirror I see the damage to my skin it only been 4days no smoke and I already see improvement in my appearance

    • It has been two days since I haven’t smoked. I am feeling a very strong urge to go buy cigarette but I am trying with all my power to fight that urge. I wish this feeling could just go away.

  16. 26 days , 3 h –
    I was smoking from aprox 10 years and my age is 25 -m

    I planned to quit smoking aprox 6 months ago , i seleacted i date (sisters marriage) to quit smoking, after marriage was over the date came and next morning i woke up and said to my self , yesterday was ur last day , from that day to today i have no cravings, just some nicotine withdrawal symptoms , and that was also easy .
    I am using 2-3 ios aaps to Track every thing , time , money, not smoked , it will not quit smoking for you , it will just keep u motivated, you have to do it for ur self

  17. When my GF quit 2 years ago, i tried to quit aswell. Unfortunately, i could’nt manage the sense of withdrawal. After 2 weaks without any cigaretts, i wanted that ritual back. It wasn’t easy to accept that i was going to put myself back in a dangerous situation. I’m glad i could at least change my habits. First of all, i changed to smoking the pipe. I quickly noticed that i was smoking less, during longer sessions though. From a cig break of 5 minutes, i was taking breaks of 15-20 minutes. This led to the fact i feeled less mentally exhausted, for the simple fact i was taking real breaks during work, allowing me to relax much better. A german study should that that people who make more breaks are more productive, because of that effect, which i found counterintuitive at the beginning. I also began to appreciate that ritual of smoking more. Pipe tobacco has much more pleasant ans rocher taste, which may make me want to stop even more now though. I could reduce my expenses due to the fact that i am smoking less than before, and because pipe tobacco is less expensive. Finally, pipe tobacco contains less harmful substances, which – i hope – can help myself in staying in better condition until i’m able stop, or at least as long as possible. I know i don’t want to exposé my children to secondhand smoking, so i want to stop when my GF gets pregnant. Should i fail, i want to reduce my tobacco consumption even more. I don’t know for sure if i will ever be able to stop completely, but i want to at least find a balance between enjoying tobacco and minimizing risks to my health. I got at least one futile benefit from smoking for now: as a voluntary firefighter, i have a damped incomodation by smoke from fires (less coughing, less burning eyes…) and i can fiche the fire longer than my teammates, because my body got used to work with less oxygen, emptying my air tank slower than others. I guess that putting my health at risk may help me protect others à bit better. It would be a kind of way of self-sacrifice… even of the cost was high…

    But to anybody, i would never recommend beginning. If you are willing to stop, you’ll have my blessing.

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