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Cigarette smoking is not only harmful to the smoker but also to those who can smell their poison in the form of 2nd-hand or even 3rd-hand smoke.

While it's proven to be linked to many forms of cancer and cardiorespiratory dses. like COPD and myocardial infarction the government still allows it to be sold.

Smoking in a way is like COVID-19, smokers can harm those who unwittingly breath in their toxic fumes .

It's like the virus that doesn't care whom they infect and kill!

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Anything that helps is welcome. I would welcome seeing a 500,000 yen fine on people who smoke in public, but that'll never happen.

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While I’m a non-smoker, this was surprising:

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2020/05/02/smokers-seem-less-likely-than-non-smokers-to-fall-ill-with-covid-19

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Smoking should be illegal everywhere except the addict's own home, and illegal there too if children live at the same address.

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A note to smokers. I’m 58 and quit smoking about 5 years ago. (Smoking since JHS) 5 days ago my baby girl and her BF asked for permission to get married. Of course they have my blessing. 2 days ago I was told that I have COPD. If you know what it is, you know it’s irreversible. My newest goal in life is to be able to hold my grandchild some day. I will fight it, I will continue to jog and exercise, though doc says I need to listen more carefully to my body. Stop Smoking. Life to see your grandchildren. I wish I had listened to my dad who also suffers with emphysema. Champix help me quit.

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Cigarette smoking is not only harmful to the smoker but also to those who can smell their poison in the form of 2nd-hand or even 3rd-hand smoke.

Really? Wow had no idea thanks for the information

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A note to smokers. I’m 58 and quit smoking about 5 years ago. (Smoking since JHS) 5 days ago my baby girl and her BF asked for permission to get married. Of course they have my blessing. 2 days ago I was told that I have COPD. If you know what it is, you know it’s irreversible. My newest goal in life is to be able to hold my grandchild some day. I will fight it, I will continue to, though doc says I need to listen more carefully to my body. Stop Smoking. Life to see your grandchildren. I wish I had listened to my dad who also suffers with emphysema. Champix help me quit.

Keep figthing, still young, jog and exercise is the best, you will see your grandchildren !!..

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When I am out walking my dog, three weeks since I started working from home, I see our venerable elders, mask pulled down over their Adams Apple sneaking a swif

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I am a non-smoker and I hate cigarette smoke, but I am much more concerned about factory smokestacks and car exhaust.

Anyway, I was recently reading about snuff; dried powdered tobacco snorted nasally. It was hugely in fashion in the 18th century but fell out of favor for smoking. What I read is that its so harmless it does not even cause cancer in the nose....and that despite the fact that moist snuff put in the lip is a major cause of cancer. Seems like snorting snuff would be even more effective than nicotine patches and would not affect anyone but the snorter. It should be brought back perhaps via government campaign.

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@since1981:

Congratulations!

"Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder is cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Your stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2 to 5 years."

https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/benefits-of-quitting-smoking-over-time.html

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I was recently reading about snuff; dried powdered tobacco snorted nasally. It was hugely in fashion in the 18th century but fell out of favor for smoking.

I've had dried powdered tobacco blown up my nose as part of an ayahuasca ceremony. I don't see it as being an intake method people would switch to - it burns way too much, someone would have to be a masochist to be doing it as a habit.

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@Jimizo,

While I couldn't read the full article you linked to, I read earlier of research showing smokers were less likely to contract the disease in the first place. As a smoker, I may be tempted to chuckle, but the reason I read was that smokers have already-damaged lungs. The virus attacks a healthy cell that smokers have fewer of.

I think the other side of that coin is that smokers who do contract the disease will have a harder time recovering.

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Researchers reported years ago that about 1 in 5 of both smokers and non-smokers became occupied by nicotine after 1 hour of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Nicotine addicts are dangerous for us all.

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Meanwhile stop smoking on the streets in Osaka. It’s assault.

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Last week we were sitting on a lovely garden veranda at an English pub for lunch amid the warm sunny spring weather. Then a group of four sat at the next table and they all lit up. The scent of the potted flowers turned to the stink of burning tobacco and the 7,000 other chemicals including carcinogens in cigarettes, which we were forced to breathe in, so we had to re-locate indoors. Our lunch wasn't ruined, but it came close.

There is a degree of success with the new program, I guess, but attitudes in Japan still need a lot of work.

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 it burns way too much, someone would have to be a masochist to be doing it as a habit.

Pretty much how I feel about cigarettes....which literally BURN. Why people don't use water filled hookahs more is beyond me.

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Living in the city you are breathing much more deadly fumes from all the cars than a few smokers who might pass by when walking. There are already many rules in place for where people have to smoke. No need to make more.

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