Your doctor, your friends, your mother and even your cigarette manufacturer advise you to stop smoking, because it kills you or at the very least, damages your lungs. However, it turns out smoking mightn’t be all bad after all.
According to several studies, smoking can reduce your chance of suffering from Parkinson’s disease. While many scientists and researchers have proved that the lethal disease is actually linked to tobacco smoking, the key to lowering the risk of the disease isn’t in the number of cigarettes you smoke each day, but in the number of years in which you’ve been a smoker. According to a recent study from 2010, the risk is 44% lower with smokers compared to non-smokers.
Furthermore, quitting your habit isn’t such a good idea, especially if you later start up again. In the late 1990s, a team of researchers found that quitting smoking for a day, a month or a year was in some ways worse than not quitting at all. 1,116 participants took part in the study and it turned out that those who had quit smoking for a year had a 3% lower pulmonary function than those who had never quit.