Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Now you can smoke.....burn baby burn...

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.


Don Cuevas said...

Constantino, thanks for the good news.

In celebration, I'm going to smoke a puro "La Prueba" after dinner later today.

Don Cuevas

Bob Mrotek said...

I imagine that future anthropologists will look back and say, "The people of the 20th and 21st century practiced the barbaric custom of wrapping dried weeds in leaves or paper and putting them in their mouths and setting them on fire to keep from getting fat".

Don Cuevas said...

Bob, I have the uncanny ability of smoking dried weeds and STILL getting fat.

La verdad es fumo muy pocos puros, pero de vez en cuando, sí; me gusta tomar un puro rico.

Don Cevas

Bob Mrotek said...

I am not criticizing you Don Cuevas. Like they used to say (and maybe still do) in the military, "Smoke'em if you've got them". As a matter of fact my grandfather was a cigarmaker before machines put him out of business and he and my father always had a stub of a cigar in the corner of their mouths. That is one reason that I never started smoking :)