Overall smoking is likely a negative health decision but the demonetization of smoking by the press and the government is overblown. Popular hatred of smoking is culturally chic but it does most is not based on sound science. This article goes into how there are actually a number of benefits to smoking. Though it is unlikely that most people will consider the costs to out weigh the benefits it is worth noting number of interesting findings.
50% lower rate of Parkinson’s disease
50% lower rate Alzheimer’s disease
50% lower rate of Endometrial cancer
50% Lower rate of Prostate Cancer
30% to 50% Lower rate of Colon Cancer
Tobacco can also help in famine situations by reducing the feelings of hunger. This is a large reason why the founding settlers in American used tobacco in the first place.