Smoke and a pancake?


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Over the past few years and after being in college for those years I've noticed people smoking that I didn't think would. They would say "I only smoke when I drink." I didn't get it. I mean.. I drink sometimes and I don't get the urge to smoke a cigarette.  Apparently, these people are called social smokers. You know.. just a cig with some friends.. "meehhh" no big deal. Those people.

These social smokers are absent of the gene that causes many smokers to be addicted to nicotine. According to a CNN article, social smokers are either in denial or are on the brink of addiction to nicotine. Turns out, people can be addicted to other features of smoking rather than the nicotine that causes people to be addicted.  Social smokers can be addicted to anything about smoking: the sensation, the ritual of hanging out with friends, or the nicotine head buzz WITHOUT BEING DEPENDENT ON NICOTINE. Kick a Jesus in the face, that's nuts. It was reported in the article that some people who smoke a pack a week for years never become dependent on nicotine. Social smokers don't smoke because of nicotine withdrawal, but because they simply just like the activity of smoking.

Smoking in combination with drinking alcohol is said to amplify the effects of smoking. It makes sense I guess: 'Alcohol buzz' multiplied by 'Cigarette buzz' = Super wicked buzz. The Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research at Duke University Medical Center conducted a double blind experiment that included placebo-like alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic drinkers. The cravings of a cigarette were due to the positively reinforcing effects of nicotine rather than craving a cigarette to fight stress or withdrawal.

So if you're a social smoker and you want to quit.. it would be wise to slow down your drinking habits and also not to binge drink to avoid cigarette cravings. Social smokers do also have a chance to become addicted to nicotine, so don't think that you are exempt from addiction!

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I actually found this really interesting and had a good laugh too. Most of my friends that are smokers got addicted when they were drunk. I also think that social smoking has a lot to do with the ritual of hanging out with friends. Most people, when they're drunk, just like to "go with the flow," so if everyone else is smoking why shouldn't they? Most people I know are guilty of this. I found this interesting article that says that cigarettes might be more addictive than heroine and cocaine. Which is actually kind of scary because I consider heroine and cocaine to be a lot scarier drugs. Well here's the article http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/features/can-you-get-away-with-social-smoking hope you enjoy!

This was really interesting because I guess we all have that friend or family member who is inclined to partake in smoking after drinking. After reading your blog, I started to wonder if their is a difference in the health of these "social smokers" and nonsmokers. I found an article
in the New York Times, that actually talked about this. In a study conducted by the University of Georgia, it was found that the arteries of occasional smokers are 36% less responsive than the arteries of nonsmokers. Maybe on top of being more prone to addiction, casual smokers are damaging their bodies more than they think.

This was really interesting because I guess we all have that friend or family member who is inclined to partake in smoking after drinking. After reading your blog, I started to wonder if their is a difference in the health of these "social smokers" and nonsmokers. I found an article in the New York Times, that actually talked about this. In a study conducted by the University of Georgia, it was found that the arteries of occasional smokers are 36% less responsive than the arteries of nonsmokers. Maybe on top of being more prone to addiction, casual smokers are damaging their bodies more than they think.
Link to the article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/08/occasional-smoking-takes-a-lasting-toll/

I thought it was really interesting how you related smoking to drinking and talked about one possibly having an effect on the other.

A friend of mine smokes cigarettes after he drinks and I never understood why he did that either. When I asked him, he said that drinking gives him a buzz, but smoking afterwards calms him down, so that is a little different from your idea of a "Super wicked buzz."

I also thought it was interesting that you pointed out that though some people may not be addicted to nicotine they are addicted to other features of smoking. This opened my eyes to a position I never considered!

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