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Old 03-11-2014, 12:46 PM
Status: "Support the Mining Law of 1872" (set 10 days ago)
 
Location: Cody, WY
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Good luck selling this idea. I think the risks are well documented - sounds like a gimmick created by the tobacco industry.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Well, Happy in Wyoming, I always knew you were a real contrarian, and here's more proof of it! No idea is too bizarre to lack at least a few adherents, at least on of whom will probably write a book about it.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:09 PM
 
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Perhaps tobacco as used say for stopping bleeding or with insect bites but tabocco smoke? Its no different really than breathing a lot of smoke from other burnt things, not good.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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I have no doubt that there were advertised health benefits to smoking. When I was in school, I went and visited a very elderly pastor. This was like 1990. He told me that when TB was a common problem, that smoking was supposedly good for clergy to use, if they made sick calls on those who had TB. Supposedly the smoke coated your lungs and made it less likely for others to catch TB.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I remember my aunt telling me that women were at one time advised to smoke while pregnant.
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Old 03-15-2014, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I mean this is a joke, right???????
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Old 03-15-2014, 03:28 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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I mean this is a joke, right???????
Which part? Women of my mother's era were indeed encouraged to smoke because it would mean a smaller baby and it provided some protection against pre eclampsia. Nursing mothers were advised to drink beer as well. Motherhood certainly sounds like it was more fun "back then".

Dr. Douglas is always an interesting read. I can't figure out a safe, palatable way to get any of the supposed benefits of tobacco use that out weigh the downsides. I was thinking about eating the tender greens, considering that people in my area eat poke sallet which is poisen if not cooked properly, but I couldn't find any online references to tobacco as a food source.

Are you teasing us, Happy in Wyo?
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:00 PM
Status: "Support the Mining Law of 1872" (set 10 days ago)
 
Location: Cody, WY
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Are you teasing us, Happy in Wyo?
Not at all. I consider Alzheimer's to be a terrible disease; the studies indicate that nicotine reduces the risk by 50%. Note that the author is not a fan of cigarettes or chewing tobacco but favors cigars. Since eating it would presumably involve chewing there would be a heightened risk of mouth cancer.

However, I must point out that Sigmund Freud who was seldom without a cigar had to have surgery several times for mouth cancer. We need to weigh the positives and negatives.
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:22 PM
 
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Here is a story... years and years ago, I worked with a nice older lady who used to set the trashcan on fire every once in a while. This was back in the days when smoking at work was a thing. We would talk and talk... she told me about how she came to be a smoker. She said she had a "nervous breakdown" and was hospitalized ... during her recovery in hospital, the nurses taught her to smoke -- she said, "to calm me down."
Now also, my mom smoked... she said that when she went to the doctor all sick and stuffed up, he told her to switch to menthol cigarettes, that she would feel better...
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