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We're in my dorm room at my high school (It's a high school where you stay all year untill Summer time, and holidays)
My friend is really sick. She's throwing up so badly and it&#...

 do you think i'll get sick..? 10 pts?
Last night I was at the movies with this guy and he kissed me. This morning he threw up and he has a temperature of 101.
Is there a big chance I will get sick?...

 How do I get rid of a sore throat?
I feel a sore throat coming on.
how do i get rid of it?
it's not quite 'sore' yet but i can def. feel something coming on....

 am i to young to be drinking and smoking every night?
im 13 i drink a whole bottle of jack daniels a day and i smoke 5 cigars a ...

 How hard is it to quit smoking?
Just wondering. And if you DID successfully stop, how did you do it?
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It's not for me! I just wanted to know. Because I always bug smokers about stopping and they ...

 Is it unhealthy to shower when you're sick?
My mom thinks I will worsen my cold if I shower, is there any truth to this belief?...

 What would happen if a person were to drink bleach?
Like the kind you put in the washer with clothes (Clorox)? About a 8oz glass? What about an entire jug?
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I'm not planning on drinking any bleach. It's a ...

 Is there a faster way to detox you're system from marijuana?
I recently asked my boyfriend to quit smoking weed, that was about two weeks ago and today, his parents said they'd be drug testing him or he couldn't use the truck (he's 19). So he...

 Whats so bad about cutting yourself if you really can't hurt yourself?
I understand oh you might slip and stuff but cutting is better than straight killing yourself, and if you use scissors you cant slip because it wont go deep it just won't I've tried. I know ...

 When is the perfect time to wake up?

 How can i wake up at 6:30 everday for school?
i usually go to bed at 9:30 but fall asleep around 12 and wake up around 11.and my alarm doesn't wake me up or i wake up 30 min. after it went off.How can i make sure i get enough sleep and fall ...

 Is smoking weed bad for my physical healh?
Do you think smoking can effect my performance on the baseball field?...

 How to get marijuana out of your system within 4 days?
-Today was my last day smoking and i have 4 days to get clean!? ...

 What's wrong with me?
ok, so for the past few weeks, i've been getting 7-10 hrs of sleep every night, but im tired all the time. i feel like ive been hit by a train. my energy is zapped as soon as I wake up in the ...

 why does everyone hate marijuana?
doesn't significantly cause cancer, but cigarettes do
doesn't kill brain cells, but alcohol does
isn't addictive, but alcohol and cigarettes both are
it doesn't ...

 How old do you have to be to donate blood?
Our school is having a blood drive this month and my 16th birthday is next month. Would I be able to donate blood with parent consent?...

 What do you think of magazines in the bathroom?

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My husband likes it I think it is gross.
Any kind of magazine....

 I just swallowed my gum, what do I do?
I was gonna try and make myself puke to see if it comes out, but what do you guys think?
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I think I got it thanks....I need a chill pill....

 Do you believe that someone can die from a broken heart?

 this happens to me almost every morning. does it happen to you?
the majority of my mornings, my alarm clock goes off. i hit "snooze" and i guess i might fall back asleep, or i might be thinking. i don't know

but i think to myself that i ...

Does smoking relieve stress?
or do you just relieve the stress that was originally caused by smoking?
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if you could find a link for proof, that would be great.

smoking I guess makes people feel like if they do something bad to themselves(smoking), they shouldn't have to care about anything else.

Becca J
smoking does absolutely nothing except make you unhealthy....try exercising instead.

I'm So Cool
relieves and brings back stress

no smoking is a tabacco --
tobacco is a stimulant
It speeds up the central nervous system
it may feel like it is relaxing you
but it isnt

nicotine has a calming effect and..

Yes... not honoring the "addictive" effects can cause stress.

yes it does if you're newbie.
but after that it will relief the stress of having no smoke.

Whether it does relieve stress or not, what it is, it is highly addictive and prolonged use is will cause disease, and it is not worth the risk of lung cancer.

Yes but thats only if you have been a smoker for a few years, if you never smokes and you try to smoke to relieve stress your just gonna cough up a storm, if you have smoked for a few years then when you take a smoke break you get nicotine to the receptors of the brain that now need it so you become relaxed.

Fight with Tools
ya man totally

It's Stickboy!
You got it right. When you're addicted, not smoking makes you stressful, and smoking relieves that. The same applies to crack and heroin.

weed? yes.

Peter J
I agree with "save darfur."
it relives you of life, like emphysema style or lung cancer quick.

Smoking "supposeivly"makes u feel better, well thats just u getting high... It may releive stress but u get hooked on it and it just ruines ur life.... DONT SMOKE..... My mother died from smoking.....

Yes, but it also adds to it by causing withdrawal and health problems.

No it doesn't relieve stress its just all made up in your head so you can smoke.

Giao H
yes but it causes lung cancer

It satisfies your craving for nicotine and the 4000 other chemicals that are in cigarettes, but that was a craving originally created by smoking to begin with. I found that that was the main reason I used to smoke, to relieve stress. And it was very effective. Nicotine is a drug, and it does relieve stress and is a very powerful stress reliever. There may be something about smoking that relaxes, and relieves stress aside from the fact that you were a smoker to begin with. I found it very stress relieving, but I'm glad I'm not longer a smoker.

Addi You're A Star
Smoking is just a coping skill used to feel better when stressed.
It may help you temporarily but in the end, no it won't.

no...it kills you. and the people around you will die before you do bacause second hand smoking is more dangerous.

brown eyes
yes ! smoking can relieve stress temporarily because of nicotin, like tea or coffee.

but its fetal.

for a temporarily relieve. can should take permanent stress ?

people say it does, but it doesn't. The reason why they say it does is because if you're a nicotine addict, much of your stress comes from nicotine withdrawls. Nicotine is actually a stimulant, so it causes more stress
Pot on the other hand...you'll have to email me about that one

unicorn schlong
it will only do that if you are already addicted, starting is thought of to be unpleasant

Rachel J.
Maybe for the short term, but, definitely not when your dealing with the long term consequences and treatments

only when you're addicted to smoking, your crave a smoke, my smoking it relieves that craving

Busy Lady 2010
If you never start don't consider smoking. I pray someday I'll quit.

October 17, 1999

Contact: David Partenheimer
Public Affairs Office
(202) 336-5706


Studies Show Tobacco Use Does Not Alleviate Stress But Actually Increases It

Washington - If you smoke to reduce stress, you are only adding to your stress, according to a new review of psychological studies in the October issue of the American Psychological Association's American Psychologist. Psychologist Andy Parrott, Ph.D., of the University of East London says the evidence shows that the apparent relaxant effect of smoking only reflects the reversal of the tension and irritability that develop during nicotine depletion. Far from acting as an aid for mood control, nicotine dependency seems to increase stress.

Professor Parrott reviewed studies on the smoking/stress relationship, first in adult smokers, then in novice adolescent smokers and lastly during smoking cessation. For adult smokers, the research shows that the positive mood changes experienced during smoking may only reflect the reversal of unpleasant abstinence effects. "Regular smokers, therefore, experience periods of heightened stress between cigarettes, and smoking briefly restores their stress levels to normal," said Professor Parrott. "However, soon they need another cigarette to forestall abstinence symptoms from developing again. The repeated occurrence of negative moods between cigarettes means that smokers tend to experience slightly above-average levels of daily stress. Thus, nicotine dependency seems to be a direct cause of stress."

Turning to smoking initiation and stress during adolescence, Professor Parrott says the evidence shows that novice smokers report increasing stress as they develop regular patterns of smoking. A study of Canadian school children found that regular and heavy smokers reported significantly higher stress than did non-smokers. In a study of American adolescents, the teenagers were asked about their smoking behavior and feeling states over the previous two years. The findings indicated there was an increase in affective distress as the adolescents moved from experimental to more regular smoking.

And reviewing the evidence surrounding smoking cessation and stress, Professor Parrott says studies show that quitting smoking reduces stress. In a review of cross-sectional studies, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that former smokers were found to be less stressed than current smokers in some studies, whereas in other studies the two groups did not differ significantly. However, not a single study found former smokers to be more stressed than current smokers.

So why do smokers feel stressed without nicotine? Professor Parrott says there seems to be two possible answers. First, smokers may be more neurotic. A number of studies have found above-average neuroticism scores in adult smokers compared with nonsmokers, although some studies have failed to confirm this. The second answer is that stress may be caused by nicotine dependency. "The regular smoker needs nicotine to maintain normal moods and suffers from unpleasant feelings of irritability and tension between cigarettes, when his or her plasma nicotine levels are falling," explains Professor Parrott. "Smokers also learn that regular smoking prevents abstinence symptoms from developing. Thus, the link between regular smoke intake and keeping moods within normal bounds becomes strongly conditioned over time."

Professor Parrott says that the message that tobacco use does not alleviate stress but actually increases it needs to be far more widely known. He says this may help many adults to stop smoking, keep former smokers who have recently quit from relapsing and help more young people withstand the social pressures to try cigarettes.

Article: "Does Cigarette Smoking Cause Stress?" Andy C. Parrott, Ph.D., University of East London, American Psychologist, Vol. 54, No. 10.

Full text of the article is available from the APA Public Affairs Office or after 10/14/99 at http://www.apa.org/journals/features/amp5410817.pdf.

Andy C. Parrott, Ph.D., can be reached at 011-44-181-590-7000, ext. 4505

The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 159,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 52 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 59 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

Mike P
Some say so but what is worse than any smoker is these idiotic holier than thou types who constantly lecture people on the evils of smoking but who often are obese and so out shape that a smoke wouldn't make any difference.

Want to be alarmed? Don't worry about the tobacco industry we've bludgened Joe Camel. Worry about how utterly fat our children are and how out of shape they are sitting at computers and texting with their cell phones and playing Wi tennis instead of physical activity.

Walk by any high school at days end and see how obese and out of shape 12 out of 20 of the kids are and you know what? These fat kids are gonna be adults and they are gonna have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease at rapidly early ages which is going to overwhelm our flawed healthcare system.

Future Mrs. L
Maybe it's a psychological thing but smoking also . . .

Make your breath, clothes, and hair stink for hours

Make you look trashy

Give you dirty teeth

Give you higher risk of heart attacks



Nasty cough


Why not try yoga, walking, seeing a therapist, etc

Jasmine The Reggaeton Lover =D

Smoking is a stress reliever, but only on a psychological level.

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