Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:58 PM
[quote name='KNGR5150' timestamp='1351186494' post='5844961']
[quote name='nbg352' timestamp='1351177756' post='5843971']
[quote name='soregongolfer' timestamp='1351069199' post='5837893']
[quote name='H.A. Kerr' timestamp='1351062779' post='5837797']
[quote name='golfpros1' timestamp='1351044130' post='5836953']
When smokers get nervous, they smoke, and it chills them out. [/quote]
No it does not.
It elevates their heart rate and increases their blood pressure. Mentally, it satisfies their craving, but physiologically, it causes anything but "chilling out" in their bodies. It's a performance "de-hancer", if you like, for a sport like golf.
Nicotine is a stimulant. Just like a broad class of drugs generally ending in "-ine" like caffeine, phentermine and , oh yeah, meth.
Not saying you can't dislike smoking, because it is indeed pretty gross, but get the facts right when mounting the soapbox. And be sure to lump Jim Furyk into your message for his pounding and promoting on national TV another concentrated stimulant as well.
Did you miss the part where he said he, himself, smoked? [u]I have to think a smoker would have a pretty good idea what smoking does to him.[/u]
Apparently not, because Mr. Kerr is correct. You outa read up on it all. Might be a good education for you and sorgongolfer. Let's be clear. Nicotine is a depressant. Depressants do not enhance performance, they can actually detract from it. But the user of nicotine often may FEEL that smoking relaxes or improves attitude and performance, even though it is doing the opposite. And I guess I know what I'm talking about, if usage equates to knowledge. I quit smoking eight years ago, after 30 + years of smoking 2 or more large packs of cigarettes every day. Imagine, eight years and I still can't tolerate born again anti smokers who use a soapbox to keep convincing themselves to stay away from the crap. Believe me, the addiction never leaves, it just hides under the surface, waiting for you to make a mistake, take that first drag. But, that's my problem, not that smoker's over there on the corner being ostracised for his habit.
[/quote] Actually nicotine is one of the few chemicals that is both a stimulant and a depressant.
Hmmm....Apparently a quick smoke acts as a depressant and a slow smoke creates the effect of a stimulant. That info was never in my smoking cessation guide. Guess I was always a quick smoker.....