[ExI] Is tobacco really harmful?

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 12:08:56 UTC 2009

2009/11/23 Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com>

> There's no consensus that nicotine causes any harm in humans:
> http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/full/41/3/497

Mmhhh. While nicotine is certainly a chemically active drug, "harm" is a
relative concept.

If one is into caloric restriction, food itself is harmful, and should be
taken only when. and inasmuch as, it is strictly necessary, given its
undesirable side effects.

Accordingly, what should perhaps be investigated more in depth is the
tradeoffs of nicotine in different individual contexts, including or not the
psycholectic or organolectic effects thereof, especially when it is assumed
by smoking, chewing or snurfing tobacco leaves.

I have for instance a rather intense dislike for the nicotine "down" (or is
it an "up"?), but adore the aroma of top-of-the-line Cuban cigars. As to
adverse systemic effects, at my admittedly very low usage level, I cannot
say that I notice any.

Stefano Vaj
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