Is there at least some benefit for someone from smoking?

Is there at least some benefit for someone from smoking?

Stopping smoking linked to improved mental health

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Answer 1
January, 2021

I am not an expert in the biochemistry of drugs and smoking, but as a more or less smoker with experience and attempts to quit, as well as knowing a lot about all kinds of substances from the point of view of biology and chemistry, as an interested person, I will allow myself to speak.

And while waiting for the appropriate specialist, let's define what we smoke. I suspect that this question refers to smoking cigarettes containing nicotine. We will talk about this in the future.

Nicotine, like many alkaloid drugs, such as morphine, caffeine, quinine, has very real benefits. And this benefit is in its pharmacological action on the brain. Nicotine acts on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

We quote from Wikipedia:

"Despite its strong toxicity, when used in small doses (eg, smoking), nicotine acts as a psychostimulant. Nicotine effect on mood By causing the release of glucose from the liver and adrenaline (epinephrine) from the adrenal medulla, it causes excitement. From a subjective point of view, this manifests itself in feelings of relaxation, calmness and liveliness, as well as a moderately euphoric state.

Nicotine use leads to a decrease in body weight, reducing appetite as a result of stimulation of POMK-neurons by it. "

The release of glucose gives the brain nutrients, since the brain feeds mainly on glucose, dopamine is also produced, all this gives the brain a greater concentration and allows you to work a little faster. Nicotine triggers the release of dopamine and glutamate (the brain's main excitatory neurotransmitter). Thus, nicotine has a positive effect on cognitive processes and thinking, concentration and attention, stabilizes the emotional background, increases resistance to stress factors, has an anti-anxiety effect, accelerates reactions, improves selective auditory and visual sensitivity.

But that's all. this is good on the one hand, but on the other hand, we have a dopamine (neurotransmitter of pleasure and reward) lever, which we use more and more often as a drug addict (nicotine), and all these goodies, in the form of cognitive improvements, practically atrophy, as receptors are blocked (the body is very flexible) due to the large amount of incoming nicotine. Plus smoking (a lot of cigarettes per day / hour) causes rather negative effects in the form of overexcitement and increased heart rate.

In general, this is briefly pretty and summarizing, the benefits of smoking in small doses (a cigarette per day at the right time) yes.

And now about the troubles. Nicotine itself is just a substance. And this substance is a drug, and almost the most addictive. Therefore, it is so easy to become a smoker, and so difficult to quit - because of the non-marginal smoking status and great addiction to nicotine.

I quote:

"For occasional users, the likelihood of addiction within a year is more 30%, - higher than that of heroin, higher than that of cocaine and higher than that of alcohol. Only 5% get a stable 3-year remission on their own.and 21% with medical and psychological help. "

Further, nicotine itself is generally just addictive, and if it is consumed without a cigarette, for example, through all kinds of vaporizers or electronic cigarettes, then let's say the harm will be only from the substance, or not harm. If used rarely and accurately, then from nicotine basically only buns and good. There is no harm to the brain, there is a profit from the short-term boost received. Smokers will be able to confirm this. And in general, from the first cigarettes, for those who smoke rarely, or have smoked for a very long time, so that the receptors are restored, quite invigorating sensations.

But if you still smoke cigarettes, and even a lot and often, and even for a long time, then all kinds usefulness quite quickly and strongly overlap with all sorts of consequences. And I don't even need to list them here, everyone already knows what the etching of their lungs with all kinds of burning resins and carbon monoxide leads to. These are heart attacks, obstructive pulmonary diseases, cancer at the end of the tsov. Plus a big addiction to nicotine, that is, the fact that there is no drug makes a person nervous.

Here, I hope this little excursion will help someone.

Oh yes, here is a link to the night, read, about nicotine. livejournal.com

Answer 2
January, 2021

Extremely speculative - that the voice will acquire a lower timbre. However, if you smoke "hard", the voice quality is likely to deteriorate due to the strain on the ligaments and lungs.

Answer 3
January, 2021

I do not know if this is true from a medical point of view, but some of my acquaintances, patients with cystic fibrosis (mukoviscidoz.org), claimed that when they smoke, they breathe easier.

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