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5 Health Benefits of Smoking

  • Mysterious Benefits

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  • Lowers risk of knee-replacement surgery

    Knee Pain
  • Lowers risk of Parkinson's disease

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  • Lowers risk of obesity

    thin and obese woman
    Thin and obese woman
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  • Lowers risk of death after some heart attacks

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  • Helps the heart drug clopidogrel work better

    Assorted Pharmaceutical Drugs
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Who says smoking cigarettes is so bad ... well, aside from the World Health Organization, Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and every medical board and association on the face of the Earth? 

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. 

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 benefits from smoking. Breathe deep.

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