Carl Horn wrote:Well, I like the taste, the stimulant effect of the nicotene, and the ritual and symbolism.
Mad! They're all mad!!!
Addiction is something you have to work at to acquire
With the additional crap they put into cigs these days, you apparently have to work that much less.
I also certainly don't deny the health risks of cigarettes to one's self and others, but it seems to me it can't be that simple, either--Japan has a higher smoking rate (and thus higher exposure of second-hand smoke to non-smokers) than the U.S., and people live under more crowded conditions to boot. Yet Japanese live on average more than three and a half years longer than Americans (81.04 years vs. our 77.34 average). Understand, I'm not claiming smoking makes the Japanese healthier--but neither does it necessarily make them unhealthier on average than Americans.
This is probably because America is a fat nation and Japan isn't... From what I recall of health class last summer, obesity is the greatest preventable cause of death in Homo sapiens, but smoking is not too far behind.
Though I'm sure the pollution-happy state of our nation (a situation that's only been degrading as of late... ahem ahem) isn't doing any favors for American health, either.