If you're a pipe or cigar smoker but careful with your diet and weight, and take high quality supplements, you're in better shape than most non-smokers these days...IMO.The question is, to what extent is it harmful? How harmful? I suspect the answer is that on the average, smoking a few pipes a day is not very harmful
I agree.Obesity, toxicity and malnutrition from the average diet these days are the primary causes of most chronic illness...far worse than pipe or cigar smoking, and every bit as bad, if not possibly worse than heavy cigarette smoking.
That’s my “goal” - a VERY steep decline over a very short period, for my family’s sake. Not a looong drawn out ordeal.THAT! my friends, sums it up. Live healthy and get hit by a bus, the Lord's gonna take ya when your time is up...
The loooong drawn out ordeal is a tough ride.Been through it with family members and it's rough on all concerned. I'm not scared to die, being half way there is ugly...That’s my “goal” - a VERY steep decline over a very short period, for my family’s sake. Not a looong drawn out ordeal.
I read it and looked at the numbers. Its pretty in depth but not without it flaws. In the 1980s they found a bunch of men between age 30 and 99 who smoked a pipe to some degree etc. The median age at time of enrollment was late 50s. 20 years later less than 20% of the individuals had died, and of their respective groups, almost 50% were obese and 15-20% drank greater than 2-3 drinks daily. Additionally, none of the original questions were asked of anyone as followups 20 years later. They just tracked cause of death by certificates.If you actually read the entire study you'll notice that they control for numerous factors and than lump everything together to reach their averages.
The statistics in the abstract therefore at the average from 1-2 bowl a day, non inhaling smokers whose bowls last 30 minutes, all the way up to 10 bowl a day, inhaling, 1 hour plus duration per bowl, who are also drinking 5+ alcoholic beverages a day.
If you read the entire thing and compare it to the 1964 surgeon general's report, which concluded that very moderate pipe smoking was a negligible/acceptable level of risk, the statistics from the sub groups in this study who only smoked 1-2 bowls per day, didn't inhale, and and didn't consume alcohol on a daily basis, the risks are, again, tangible but fairly negligible.
And you never will. Life has way too many extraneous variables for this sort of study. The world is full of bad decisions that feel great, and great decisions that feel horrible, with everything in between. Finding the right balance between the two as an individual is all you can hope for.Unless we know what we are compared against and are only focusing on one risk factor, being the "cause" of death, we really don't ever get the whole picture.
two thompson quotes two posts in a row. Can't go wrong“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
Hunter S Thompson
That is super true. If you ask me Stalin is a perfect example of how some people will jump on whatever train takes them into power. Apparently though Stalin pipe smoking was propaganda for public consumption and in private he smoked foreign fancy cigs.Let's not forget not only was Joe Stalin a pipe smoker (possibly not the best socialist in truth,)