From Reuters Health
"Researchers found that compared with non-smokers, a group of healthy smokers showed greater activity in a gene called AZGP1 in cell samples taken from their airways."
"Because the gene is thought to be important in breaking down fat and controlling weight, the findings point to one possible reason that smokers tend to weigh less than non-smokers -- and why people often put on pounds after quitting."
So, let me get this straight, something is healthy for you? Well what do you know, it brings to light a old Woody Allen movie, Sleeper, where he is put into suspended animation and brought back 200 years later only to find out that Twinkies and fattening brownies are good for your health.... So are they telling us that it is healthier to smoke than to get fat?
Sorry, there is still a lot of smoking going around in Mexico. The US at least is on its way to curtailing smoking, maybe a way overboard to the point where it is now illegal to even smoke outside in the street.
They should go to Mexico, to the restaurants.
"Would you like to be seated in the no smoking area?"
Thanks a lot! The tables are right next to the smokers and their smoke wafts over to your table, and you still smell like a forest fire when you come home.......
Sanborns is a good example of that. Where non smoking sections are not separated from the smoking section. So why bother, other than to placate the non smoking stormtroopers.
That's probably why I enjoy outside dining more and more, but I will have to say it is getting a little better, just a little, Mexico is still a lot better than Europe...... But that's another story.....
So meanwhile I will have to say, that although irritating, smoking is subsiding in Mexico, I hope they don't get Reuters new down here.