But should smokers be fortunate enough to dodge all that cancer, heart disease, emphysema and the like, they will be uniquely protected — for reasons unexplained by science — against a handful of diseases and afflictions.
Smoking also might make food less tasty for some smokers, further curbing appetite.
As an appetite suppressant, nicotine appears to act on a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, at least in mice, as revealed in a study by Yale researchers published in the June 10, 2011, issue of the journal Science.
Call it a silver lining in their otherwise blackened lungs.
Although long-term smoking is largely a ticket to early death, here are (gulp) five possible While smokers might go broke buying a pack of cigarettes, they can at least save money by avoiding knee-replacement surgery.