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Smoking cigarettes.

  1. Sep 2, 2004 #1
    I smoke cigarettes and lately I started smoking only half of cigarette and saving the other half for later.I know I know smoking kills ,my question; is it worst to do so or does not matter?
     
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  3. Sep 2, 2004 #2

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    The remaining portion of the cigarette will have increased levels of tar, nicotine & other toxins. It is better to throw it away and light up a new one. Of course it's better not to light up at all, but it sounds like you already know that.

    I'm glad that I never got into smoking.
     
  4. Sep 2, 2004 #3
    well my obvious answer would be its just the amount of smoke you inhale (which will do you the damage of course) the worse it is for you. There will be some slight tecnical faults with smoking less, more often, more nicotine etc will diffuse across because the diffusion gradient will be less but i dont think thats worth worrying about.
     
  5. Sep 2, 2004 #4

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    I believe tumor&myself have the same habit..
    My jacket never smells delightful when I've had a stub in it for some time
    (I wonder why)
     
  6. Sep 2, 2004 #5

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    That's bacause you know you have a half a smoke in there and you desperately want it. Soon the desperation turns to a frantic frenzy...and by then you're sweating like a pig. You can't think straight - you're a fidgety wreck, you're clothes soaked in your perspiration.

    Is it any wonder then, that they don't smell like a dozen roses after this ?
     
  7. Sep 2, 2004 #6
    Before I started doing this, I smoked half of the cigarette but now cash problems forced me to do this.F***** smokes are so expensive here!But I need my nicotine fix :cry:
    PS. now some researchers say that nicotine can prevent MS ,Parkinsons.
     
  8. Sep 2, 2004 #7
    This doesn't sound plausible to me. Can you provide a link?
     
  9. Sep 2, 2004 #8

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    Tumor, I'll tell you what I told my kids. It's never a good idea to put something that is on fire in your mouth.

    They listened.

    tumor, although I've never smoked, I've known smokers and I think I can understand the addiction to it.

    My best friends dad just died of lung cancer. Even though he quit smoking 20 years ago, there was already enough damage to his lungs.
     
  10. Sep 3, 2004 #9
    Not all cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking, how about car fumes,when riding my bicycle around the town sometimes I get light headed from all the fumes from those damn cars.Who needs SUV's or Vans in the city by the way?

    One day I quit for sure,when one pack of cigarettes gona cost 15$
     
  11. Sep 3, 2004 #10
    http://www.reutershealth.com/wellconnected/doc51.html

     
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  12. Sep 3, 2004 #11
    are cigars 'better' than cigarets?
    and by the way my family (almost all smokers) have lived well into there 90's. except the odd one or to lost in war. Oh there was a great aunt who froze to death which I suppose could be caused by smoking. as she had gone out for a smoke! but I'm not sure on that fact as I wasn't there at the time. :cool:
     
  13. Sep 3, 2004 #12
    If cigarettes are so expensive, and you know that they're unhealthy, why not try nicotine patches?
     
  14. Sep 3, 2004 #13
    Well, ideally, you're not suppose to inhale cigar smoke. So you have less of a chance of getting as many diseases as a cigarette would give. However, it still has been known to cause diseases in the mouth.

    As for cigarettes helping parkinson's disease, keep in mind that there are researchers who deny this. I remember reading an article written by UK scientists claiming that their research showed that it had no effect on parkinson's.

    Nicotine patches are also pricey.
     
  15. Sep 3, 2004 #14
    I heard somewhere that cannabis smoking is less dangerous than tobacco. Do you know if this comes from the junky-lobby or if this true ?
     
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    Cannabis Smoking More Harmful Than tobacco

     
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  17. Sep 3, 2004 #16

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    I've never understood why people start smoking. I understand the addiction process, so I know why it's so hard to quit, but why ever put that first cigarette into your mouth? If you want to inhale smoke, become a firefighter. That's the thing I find so incredibly bizarre about smoking. Everyone accepts that smoke inhalation is a bad thing when talking about a burning building, so why would anyone intentionally inhale smoke, especially smoke with addictive properties?
     
  18. Sep 3, 2004 #17

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    Try it before you knock it . :wink: :biggrin:
     
  19. Sep 3, 2004 #18

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    I've tried them. :yuck:
     
  20. Sep 3, 2004 #19
    People don't smoke because they like it. People smoke 'cause it makes them look cool! :tongue2:
     
  21. Sep 3, 2004 #20

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    See, now that's the only explanation ever given. Sure, in the 1960s it might have seemed cool, but don't people now realize it's just a disgusting habit? Are there people who really still think it's a cool thing? I just always thought it was gross, even as a teenager. It smelled bad, made your teeth yellow, made you smell bad, made people look old faster with all those extra wrinkles on their face from sucking in cigarettes and from the effects of the cigarettes on the skin, and makes people cough up nasty crap. What about this ever seemed cool to anyone? :yuck:
     
  22. Sep 3, 2004 #21
    Not when you see stars in movies smoking...

    Cool is all prespective. If people think slowly killing themselves is cools, then let them think that.
     
  23. Sep 3, 2004 #22

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    Just as long as they keep their second-hand smoke away from me! That's actually my biggest complaint about smoking. Unlike other vices where you usually are only hurting yourself, at least physically, smoking forces your vice upon everyone around you. I hate when I have to walk through a cloud of smoke from all the people puffing away near the doors of smoke-free buildings in order to get inside.

    My step-father smoked before he married my mom (she refused to marry him until he quit, so he quit the day he proposed). He used to think I was nuts that I refused to go into restaurants that didn't have a non-smoking section far enough from the smoking section that I didn't smell the smoke, or that I'd complain of the stink on his clothing. He didn't even think you could smell it that long or that far away. Now that he's been a non-smoker for about 20 years, he's just like me. He always chooses the non-smoking section and can't stand places filled with smoke. Now he's the first one to want to hit the shower when he's been somewhere that someone was smoking. So, there's hope for you smokers out there. If my step-father could quit, anyone can quit!
     
  24. Sep 3, 2004 #23
    A lot of these smokers don't want to quit.

    I really have a hard time believing that quitting smoking cigarettes is as difficult as those public announcement commercials say it is. My grandfather quit smoking during the days when filters were non-existant, and there was no such things as nicotenne patches for him. Another relative of mine smoked for decades, but decided to quit because it was an expensive and inconvient habit, with no help at all.

    My biggest complaint about smoking are those annoying anti-smoking commercials from companies like The Truth. They constantly remind us that smoking causes cancer, like we don't know that. What annoys me more are there protests - trying to run the companies out of business. Unless TRUTH is going to compensate the employees that lose their jobs from cigarette companies, their members should find new hobbies.

    Not really related to cigarettes and smoking, but I just had to rant about that...

    Hold your breathe. I've heard of people doing that everytime they are near smokers.


    You should ask the owner/manager why the building isn't completely non-smoking.
     
  25. Sep 3, 2004 #24

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    I agree there are people who just don't want to quit, or only half-heartedly so. However, it really isn't that easy to kick the habit. My step-dad went cold turkey, but even after watching his first wife die of lung cancer, it wasn't without a very supportive second wife and step-daughters that he managed to do it. It was probably at least a year before he stopped getting frequent cravings. If he was around anyone else smoking, he'd admit to trying to lean in and get a good whiff. Addiction really does change your brain and it takes a lot to overcome it. But, really, I think the weaning off with nicotine patches bit actually just makes it worse, but that's just opinion. I've only seen quitting cold-turkey actually work for anyone. As long as you're getting nicotine into your system, you're not really kicking the addiction, just switching forms.


    I've thought about that too. It's not an easy solution. The tobacco industry really puts food on a lot of people's tables. And, I agree, those ads aren't going to get anyone to quit or not start, they're too annoying. I wonder what would happen to the economy if smoking were made illegal or everyone finally managed to quit?



    Actually, I do that, but the smell still gets on your clothes and in your hair.


    That's not required in most places in the US yet. I can hope...city by city it seems to be changing. It's better than it used to be though. I think a lot more restaurant owners are sensitive to their non-smoking customers' comfort now, so have actual walls between smoking and non-smoking sections. It's been a while since I've been anyplace where just some half wall or imaginary line divides the two sections.
     
  26. Sep 3, 2004 #25

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    My dad smoked until just after college, and then he quit. I gave it a shot long ago, didn't think it was all that it was touted to be, and that was that. But even now, several years after I first experimented with cigarettes (yeah right), I feel an occasional (like once a year, seriously) urge (nothing strong; so half the time, I ignore it) to have a smoke...just kinda out of the blue.

    I don't know anyone else that falls under this category - the once-every-couple-of-years smoker .
     
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