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The Upside of Coffee and Nicotine?

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a great cup of coffee and I love a fine tobacco, be it cigar, pipe, or snuff, and a lot of those people are constantly on my ass about how coffee stains and eats away at your teeth and how too much can give you ulcers, and don’t even get me started on tobacco. The anti-smoking hysteria is rampant these days, but in all reality, there are upsides to both of these seemingly nasty habits that no one ever bothers to tell you about.

According to research, the Dutch have conducted a study that shows that men who consume 6 or more cups of coffee a day cut their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in half, and that women who drink the same amount cut their risk by almost a third. Another study, which can be found at the second link, suggests that men who regularly drink coffee also cut their risk of prostate cancer in half compared to non drinkers. So for those of you that like to pound a whole pot of that black gold before you head to the office, you can feel a little less guilty, but what about that cigar on the golf course or the stout blend in your pipe?

Oddly enough, scientists have uncovered some interesting benefits of nicotine as well. Some info found suggests that recent studies have shown that nicotine can actually improve memory and concentration and has certain qualities which can help ward off diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimers, in addition to helping the brain heal the damage caused by stressful situations. We all know that a good tobacco can be very relaxing and calming, but until recently, we haven’t had science to back it up.

Of course, I am not one to advocate addiction of any type of substance or chemical legal or otherwise, and as with all things in life, moderation is the key, but now, thanks to science, we can walk out of Starbucks and light up our briar pipes and feel a little less guilty for it.

Eric Jelinek
A scholarly well rounded bastard with four eyes, a taste for fine tobacco and truer principles to the phrase 'gentleman' than many shall know.