Health benefits of smoking

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In addition to the numerous documented negative health effects of smoking, several types of "Smoker’s Paradoxes",[1] or cases where smoking appears to have specific beneficial effects, have been observed. These effects should not be confused with altered mortality rate in "quitting ill".[2][3]


Often the actual mechanisms for smoking's health benefits remain undetermined.

A plausible mechanism of action in some cases may be the nicotine in tobacco smoke acting as an anti-inflammatory agent and interfering with disease processes.[4]

Specific conditions[edit]

  • Miscellaneous

See also[edit]


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