Cigarette smoking appeared rugged and sexy in the movies. It was “James Dean cool” to hang out and smoke with friends in high school.
Who doesn’t remember Jeff Bridges smoking throughout “The Fabulous Baker Boys“… sedate glamour, in that rumpled tux, constant hangover, fabulous hair way.
Then a movement spread to ban smoking from public areas, and some people fought back by switching to organic tobacco.
Natural tobacco is a herb. Small amounts of organic tobacco may have health benefits and one regular smoker claims they haven’t had a cold for three-years. For years physicians prescribed tobacco for its anti-bacterial qualities. Maybe the biggest issue with cigarettes is the chemical added to natural tobacco and not the tobacco itself.
Many addiction experts agree that the primary reason people have trouble stopping smoking is the chemicals added by the major tobacco companies.
Until the 1950s there have been people who saw smoking as something beneficial as it relieved asthma and warded off infections.
Theories for or against smoking weren’t supported by significant corroboration — either way — until medical researchers first studied the issue in 1950. That’s the year Richard Doll, and Bradford Hill published a pager showing smokers seemed apter to develop lung cancer.
The anti-smoking campaign was starting.
Potential Health Benefits
In 1968 the Whitehall study followed 1,400 British public employees who had been split into two comparable groups. One group was encouraged to quit, and the other left on its own.
Researchers followed by groups for ten-years. The group which quit registered no change in life expectancy or any change in frequency of cancer-related deaths — with one difference. Some cancers were over twice as prevalent in the group that stopped smoking. The research was stretched another ten-years with identical results.
Are there any inherent health advantages associated with organic-tobacco smoking? There’s a long list.
Manhattan Physical Exams claims there is certain data inferring that smoking reduces the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s up to 65%.
Counter to images on the package, smokers are much less prone to exhibit severe gum disease.
In men, smoking also reduces the odds of requiring joint-replacement operations up to 50%.
Nicotine has been found to halt the increase of tuberculosis in laboratory examinations, even when used in minute amounts, according to Saleh Naser, an associate professor of microbiology and molecular biology at UCF, and seems to work better than about ten other substances also tested.
Nicotine also has been noted to have various bonuses for cognitive achievement, like fast information processing, instant and long-term memory and problem-solving.
Last, but not least, smokers show a lowered occurrence of ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
Why The Difference?
Why does there appear to be a chasm between studies completed in the 1960s and ones done in the 1980s? There may be several reasons.
The tobacco industry has steadily increased the additives in tobacco to make their product more appealing. The list which tobacco processors have given to the US Department of Health lists 599 substances. These substances have been approved as food additives and have never undergone testing by burning. As the compounds are burned and generate over 4000 additional compounds.
Organic tobacco is tobacco which contains zero additives. The absence of added compounds makes additive-free tobacco healthier than commercial-grade cigarettes.
Smoking cessation, cold turkey, is the hardest way to stop smoking. Some smokers manage it and never go back to smoking. It’s a different story for the rest. They need ‘weaing’ as they don’t know most commercial cigarettes have over 100 milligrams of nicotine. Coming off that much nicotine in a single day means only the strongest willed can do it.
With organic tobacco, the time to stop smoking has been found to be as few as just two weeks. When a person’s chemical intake is lowered 90% or more, there is less anxiety and nervousness and less need for ‘cigarette hangover relief.’
There appears to be little scientific evidence that smoking tobacco is the health hazard mainstream medicine is claiming.
Maybe smoking has become the scapegoat to cover up for cancer triggered by other factors.