Smoking is cool
Mon, Jul 28, 2008
LED - that is exactly the point of view I am trying to broaden...
People smoke because they're addicts. Smokers die because they get cancer.
So what's wrong with being an addict these days? Most of us have something, if it happens to be complaining or crack. Caffeine or "that fuzzy religious feeling". People may smoke because they're addicted to nicotine, but what are the effects of nicotine? Do these effects contribute to a cooler more relaxed person? Below I've briefly summarized a few wiki points on the drug.
By binding to CNS type nicotinic receptors, nicotine increases dopamine levels in the reward circuits of the brain. In this way, it activates the reward system and generates feelings of pleasure.
By binding to ganglion type nicotinic receptors in the adrenal medulla nicotine increases flow of adrenaline (epinephrine), a stimulating hormone.
Nicotine's mood-altering effects are different by report. First causing a release of glucose from the liver and epinephrine (adrenaline) from the adrenal medulla, it causes stimulation. Users report feelings of relaxation, calmness, and alertness
So there's something there for smokers. Whether or not it's worth it all depends upon your value system, completely subjective. And like that unthinkable future postulates, maybe they'll find some better reasons.