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Are there any health benefits to smoking cigarettes or pipe tobacco?

3 doctor answers20 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
None: There is no medical benefit to smoking as the risks of harm are too great.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Nope, none: No known health benefits to using tobacco in any form.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
I find it ironic that Native Americans used the pipe in ceremonies where only limited smoking was expected. Leave it to us to convert a cerimonial event into a daily act of self distruction.
Mar 20, 2012
Dr. Mohammad Homsi
Neurology 33 years experience
Actually smoking is harmful to the health, mu advice to you stay away from smoking to live long.
Mar 21, 2012
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Nope: There are simply no good effects to your body from smoking! It ravages your bones, your lungs, your skin, and makes every cell in your body more likely to become cancerous! Sorry, there is just no way to sugar coat this! I do like that you are on Healthtap ASKING the question however, which says to me you are taking an active role in your health. This is the first step!

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