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Old 01-25-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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All other things being equal, which makes your life unhealthier?

If you smoked three cigarettes a day vs eating three donuts (1000 calories total) a day?

Eating an extra 1000 calories a day will cause you to put on weight quite rapidly (remember all things being equal - no extra exercising to burn off the extra calories).

Will three cigarettes significantly increase your risk of lung cancer or emphysema?

My vote goes to a donut is more unhealthy.

 
Old 01-25-2011, 06:36 PM
 
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There is no organ system in the human body that is NOT adversely affected by tobacco smoke: skin, GI tract/oral mucosa, eyes (increased risk of cataracts), pulmonary system (obviously), renal system (increased risk of bladder cancer), cardiovascular system, peripheral vasculature, etc, etc, etc

There is also NO safe exposure limit....


Clearly smoking is the most harmful thing ANYONE can do to their bodies....
 
Old 01-25-2011, 07:38 PM
 
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cigarette.... absolutely, beyond the shadow of a doubt. If you ate 3 donuts a day, you could make up for some of that with proper exercise and a healthy diet. and maybe, those 3 donuts would be the only sweets you ever ate. But cigarettes...??? Why would anyone in their right mind do that to themselves?? Our lungs are already under enough assault.. To smokers: why do you hate your lungs enough to directly assault them even more.......?? Besides, there is nothing whatsoever nutritionally worthwhile in an a cigarette.
 
Old 01-25-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Cigarette is by far the worst. Not to mention the allergies, asthma and other conditions it can cause to ones health. Add in all the expense to clean your house and what it does to your upholstry, paint on your walls, carpets, etc. YUCK!!! A few extra pounds won't kill you but smoking can not only kill you but kill those around you.
 
Old 01-25-2011, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Originally Posted by opalminor View Post
you could make up for some of that with proper exercise and a healthy diet.
Remember the premise of the thread: If all else was equal, no extra exercising. Besides, how many people could exercise an extra 1000 calories a day? Very few.

If you ate three donuts a day you'd theorhetically gain two pounds a week or eight pounds in a month. Compare that to smoking 90 cigarettes that month. ANother month and you've gained 16 pounds compared to 180 cigarettes.

Sixteen pounds of blubber is a lot unhealthier than 180 cigarettes.
 
Old 01-25-2011, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Originally Posted by momof2dfw View Post
Cigarette is by far the worst. Not to mention the allergies, asthma and other conditions it can cause to ones health. Add in all the expense to clean your house and what it does to your upholstry, paint on your walls, carpets, etc. YUCK!!! A few extra pounds won't kill you but smoking can not only kill you but kill those around you.

We're not comparing a pack of cigarettes to one donut. One cigarette to one donut or three cigarettes to three donuts.

In the long run, three cigarettes a day won't (likely) kill you but the tens of pounds you'd put on by eating three extra donuts a day, all the fat, etc will kill you much sooner.
 
Old 01-25-2011, 08:55 PM
 
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PLUS the fact that when you smoke, you pollute the air of everyone else around you. When you eat a donut, you aren't forcing anyone else to eat a donut!
 
Old 01-26-2011, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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All depends. Store-bought cigarettes are fraught with dangers.

Roll your own with chemical-free, natural tobacco, and? We're talking a world of difference here!
 
Old 01-26-2011, 12:43 AM
 
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Tell me if you prefer death by cancer or diabetes and I can answer your question.
 
Old 01-26-2011, 01:38 AM
 
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Sounds like some one is looking for rationalizations to smoke or eat donuts.
Give em both up and join a gymn.
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