[quote="jonbhorton, post:11, topic:271687"]
According to the state of California, even I may give myself cancer.
It's not a joke. Sanatoriums for tuberculosis in the 19th and early 20th centuries worked by the process of exposing people to more fresh air. People in cities spent time in confined spaces where you would inhale your own TB bacteria and re-infect yourself. Same with cigarette smoke. You re-inhale what you exhale. This is especially bad if you smoke or cough inside your car.
You can give yourself cancer. Look up Barrett's Esophagus.
The arguments against smoking from a moral standpoint, which uses health as the mortar to stack its bricks and hold them, is easily refuted by almost anything we now ingest.
My great grandmother lived to be 104, died from a broken hip. If it wasn't fried, or inundated with sugar or salt, she didn't eat it. Very Southern in her cooking. She also dipped snuff. 104, and dead from a broken hip.
She had a combination of non-sedentary lifestyle (probably) and excellent genetic make up. True some people are more resistant to the injuries caused by smoking.
How do you account for the fact that certain types of lung cancers only occur in smokers? That more smokers die of lung cancer than not. That smokers in general lead shorter lives and bring more suffering to their loved ones?
How do you account for the fact that people suffering heart attacks are more likely to be smokers? We also know the mechanisms of both. How do you account for the fact that smokers have reduced lung functions than non-smokers?
A lot of what's harmful in cigarettes is chemical and added, kinda like food. :)
But food is natural. Smoking is not. You need food for nourishment. Smoking does not nourish you except relieve stress or fuel your addiction. You can do those things through other ways - prayer, meditation, psychotherapy, anti-depressants, going on a holiday, etc.
It's no different than any of our favorite foods which make us fat, up our blood sugar, etc.
When taken in moderation all these greasy foods are OK. You can exercise your way out of their harmful effects too. Smoking however, even one cigarette a week, is harmful.