|Samaritans sharing a hookah|
There are also health benefits to smoking tobacco as well. Tobacco is an herb an has proven medicinal qualities whenever smoked. Here are just a few studies which have demonstrated the positive side of smoking:
* According to an article published in 1995 in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, nicotine found in smoke inhalation reduces psychiatric, cognitive, sensory, and physical effects of schizophrenia, and also provides relief of common side effects from anti-psychotic drugs.
* Smoking has also been linked to a decrease in risk of certain inflammatory disorders, since nicotine itself appears to be an anti-inflammatory agent. The department of gastroenterology at the University Hospital of Wales conducted a number of in-vitro studies to confirm and explain the decreased risk in ulcerative colitis (a potentially severe digestive disorder) in individuals who smoke.
* A study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that preeclampsia, an extremely common but potentially deadly condition, is significantly less common in expectant mothers who smoke cigarettes than in expectant mothers who do not smoke.
|Yemenite Jews with a hookah during a meal|
|Yemenite Jews with hookah|