Science Explains Why You Only Like To Smoke Cigarettes When You Drink

If you ask people today how they feel about smoking cigarettes, most will tell you itjust isnt cool anymore.

So, despite our society taking several steps backward in recent years (re: that orange creature who lives in the White House), weve at least managed toget the memo on how bad smoking really is for your health.

Except, we still have a few stragglers on that front.

If youve ever been to a party, you know who these people are. Theyre the ones always asking otherpeople if they can bum a cig, because they dont consider themselves to be legitimate smokers.

Theyre the casual smokers who would never go out and buy a pack for themselves, yet every time you see them at a social gathering (particularly when alcohol is involved),there they are, puffing away on a cancer stick, like its NBD.

I hate to burst your bubble, casual smokers, but puffing is kind of a big deal.

A new studyfocused on young adult smokers, between the ages of 18 and 25.

The researchers found participantstended to derive more pleasure from smoking a cigarette when drinking alcohol, compared with smoking a cigarette when also smoking pot.

Now, to me, these findings inherently make sense.

In my own experience, Ive seen plenty ofpeople at parties dangling a cigarette in one hand and precariously holding a red solo cup in the other.

On the other hand, you dont ever really see people double-fisting a cigarette and a joint, a bowl, or literally any other pot-smoking device.

I think weve all heard the excuse, I only smoke when I drink, more times than weve ever cared to.

According to another study, the declaredsocial smokers light one up when they drink because they desirea stimulant effect (which nicotine provides) to combat the drowsy feelingthat alcohol often causes.

But, just because science has now kind of confirmed how good it feels to smoke a cig while sipping a beer, and how it keeps you from feeling drowsy, that still doesnt make it OK.

The researchers concluded in their studyon the pleasures of combining alcohol and cigarettes,

Targeting the increased pleasure from smoking cigarettes when drinking alcohol could enhance effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions among young adults.

The authors also hope future studies in this area will explore what people think will happen, or how they expect to feel, when pairing cigarettes and alcohol together.


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