What are the advantages and disadvantages for smoking?

31 Answers

linda-allen's profile pic

linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted on

There are no "positive things" about smoking. It is a ridiculous habit that is costly in terms of money and in terms of health. My grandfather was a tobacco farmer. Both my parents and most of my other family members used tobacco. My brother never has an unlit cigarette in his hand unless he's eating or sleeping. I have never understood why anyone would want to smoke. What is the appeal of tobacco? Why do people smoke would be a better question. As children, we're taught not to play with matches and to stay away from fire. Yet when we grow up we put a stick of rolled up dried leaves in our mouths and set it on fire. Ridiculous!

jk180's profile pic

James Kelley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted on

yea u're right but the average age in Cuba is over 70 years, and more of 80% smoke cigars and tobacco and cocaine... why is that?

Cuba is often said to have a successful, even admirable health care system. I don't think that smoking does anything to contribute to a person's life span. Universal health care, on the other hand, would likely improve both the length and the quality of life for the population as a whole.

At any rate, the fact that 80% of Cubans smoke (is that even true? and how often do they smoke?) and long-lived cannot be taken a proof that smoking doesn't short lifespans. Lifespan is determined by all sorts of things, including diet and exercise and access to health care.

booboosmoosh's profile pic

booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

For some people, smoking may be something they do to keep from eating. For these people it is a positive. The negatives far outweigh the positives.

Clothes, car, furniture, hair and fingers smell of cigarettes for those who smoke. Smoking ages one's skin, and colors one's fingers and teeth. Cigarettes litter the environment. The incidence of lung cancer is much higher from secondary smoke than for the smoker, so those around the smoker are more likely to get the disease. Smoking around children is nasty. They have no choice as to whether they inhale noxious smoke or not, and it is like slowly poisoning them.

Cigarette smoking, as someone mentioned, makes tobacco companies very rich, even though it has been proven and (and tobacco companies admit) how dangerous and addictive (and expensive) smoking can be.

If thousands of people smoke and survive, I wouldn't want to be the ONE who gets cancer. My grandmother never smoked and yet died of it. I wouldn't care if the rest of the world lives to 100 and smokes. I don't do things because others do; I do what is good for me, and especially what is good for those around me. I don't want to lose years for smoking. I'm afraid I can find very few positives with regard to smoking.

trophyhunter1's profile pic

trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

The only positives for smoking is the revenue created for pulmonologists, hypotherapists, psychologists, oncologists, surgeons, oxygen tank rentals, farmers who grow it, factories that produce them, the paper industry, to name a few. Everyone else loses.

besure77's profile pic

besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted on

It may be true that we are exposed to environmental pollutants on a daily basis but this is not close to the damaging effects that smoking has on our bodies. When people smoke they are directly inhaling toxins into their lungs which is a lot different than exposure to pollutants in the air.

There are certainly not many benefits to smoking. People need to "make" the cigarettes that people smoke. Many have jobs because of this.

justaguide's profile pic

justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted on

Pleasure. That is the only positive thing that cigarettes give a smoker. Unless of course the smoker considers the fact that this form of pleasure has no way of being done responsibly and will definitely kill a large portion of his/her cardiac and and respiratory system, among the several others.

As far as the reason behind the average life span of Cubans being so long goes, you'd have to enquire with the Castros.

larrygates's profile pic

larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

The only positive things about smoking is that it makes money for the producers of tobacco products and the farmers who grow it; and it provides some momentary pleasure to the smoker. Needless to say, those are paltry positives compared to the health costs, the actual costs of tobacco products, the well known adverse side effects; the lack of social acceptance, etc. If you want a positive, perhaps Lord Chesterfield said it best; although he was speaking of sex:

"The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous and the expense damnable."

brettd's profile pic

brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

Man, I really have to dig deep to come up with positives about smoking.  It creates jobs in both agriculture and industry, and, uh, I guess, in health care with the dearth of smoking-related illnesses.  It represents the freedom of personal choice, just as consuming alcohol can be self-destructive yet many people still do.  Smoking is social (to quote The Breakfast Club, "Demented and sad, but social").

ask996's profile pic

ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted on

Of course there are positive things about smoking pohnpei397. The massive amounts of smokers world-wide line the pockets of big companies like Phillip Morris. Let's not forget tobacco farmers who get a piece, albeit small, of the pie. Then there are health care professionals who get a piece of the action when treating people for the cancers that may or may not be a result of the delicious carcinogens that may or may not intentionally known or unknowingly used in the cigarettes. Of course there are also the scientists who spend their lives searching for a cure for the delightful results of such a wholesome past-time. Finally, what a wonderful opportunity those non-smokers get to enjoy secondhand smoke. Heck, they don't even have to pay for the cigarettes to get some of the benefits. 

pohnpei397's profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted on

So which are you asking?  The topic says "positive," but Post 1 says "why not to."  Those seem like different things.

I don't really think there's much in the way of positives about smoking.  Some people think that it helps them keep from gaining weight.  Some people think that it makes them look cool.  Outside of that, I can't really think of anything good.

As for bad stuff, there's a tremendous amount of bad stuff, starting with yellow teeth and that stink clinging to your clothes and ending up with heart problems and cancer.

redwine21's profile pic

redwine21 | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted on

yea u're right but the average age in Cuba is over 70 years, and more of 80% smoke cigars and tobacco and cocaine... why is that?

markbenson123's profile pic

markbenson123 | eNotes Newbie

Posted on

There are lots of thing are positive about cigarette.It helps to come out from stress.It gives cool looks in your personallity. There is very big industry behing cigarette and people who are working in this industry,they haven't any other income source.

dianajjkeng's profile pic

dianajjkeng | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted on

yea u're right but the average age in Cuba is over 70 years, and more of 80% smoke cigars and tobacco and cocaine... why is that?

I would probably attribute Cuban longevity to the lack of chemicals in their cigars and tobacco. It's the chemicals in cigarettes that cause much of the cancer and health issues. Cuban cigars are popular for that reason. Furthermore, the health care system in Cuba is more universally accessible than in the US. Lastly, the lifestyle of Cubans is probably a factor, although I have nothing except intuition on that one.

adavison77's profile pic

adavison77 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted on

There was a recent study done that claims that nicotine actually helps to combat alzheimer's disease...of course if you die early from a smoking related illness I suppose alzheimer's is the least of your worries.

cheezea's profile pic

cheezea | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted on

i dont think there is really anything right to smoke... other than making money from selling cigarettes... also i havent experienced it myself so... not sure if i agree on relieving stress and boredom ._. well i think its best not to smoke at all :)

Showing 1–15 of 31