What are the effects of coffee when combined with cigarettes? When I visit San Diego coffee shops I often see people having a cup of coffee and a cigarette. We know that coffee has many positive attributes, and a couple of negatives ones like bone density loss. Bone density loss can be offset as long as you are getting enough calcium in your diet each day (1000 mg). Overall coffee is actually good for you. What though, is happening to the body during the consumption of both?
To answer this question I went to Princeton University Health Services, the source of the information for this article. Beginning with coffee, a stimulant: Caffeine takes about an hour to affect you (less on an empty stomach), and usually lasts 4-6 hours. Because caffeine is a stimulant, most people experience increased alertness, blood pressure, and breathing rate. These effects are mostly due to caffeine increasing your metabolic rate (though it has not been linked to weight loss). The drug is a diuretic, causing increased urination which can lead to dehydration.
Caffeine makes many people feel jittery, “on edge,” and unable to sleep. Long-term use can lead to nervousness, insomnia, dehydration, stomach irritation, and fatigue. Okay, that was coffee, here’s cigarettes: When you inhale cigarette smoke, your lungs are punished with tar and many gases, including carbon monoxide. Nicotine, found in tobacco, affects your central nervous system as a stimulant. Once nicotine is taken into the body, blood sugar rises slightly, giving you increased energy that will soon subside and leave you fatigued and perhaps depressed, fueling the craving for more nicotine.
As a vasoconstrictor, nicotine tightens blood vessels and restricts blood flow, causing permanent damage to arteries in the long run. Because both male and female orgasms depend on blood flow, nicotine can affect your sex life. According to this information both are stimulants but one restricts blood flow while the other increases blood flow. Hmmm, you have two stimulants (increased blood flow) going while one is restricting your arteries, that don’t sound good. It seems this would also mean that having both together puts additional strain on the heart itself, causing it to work against itself and creating an environment for disproportionate energy loss and depression which could then cause psychological, and physical pressure to continue consuming both drugs together.
This would no doubt increase dependency on both drugs combined, for some over a short term and others over a long term. However withstanding, whatever you decide to do to break up this unhealthy coalition of the two drugs, adding a routine of stretches and an exercise routine to your daily activities will help you to break it up, and can help to motivate you to quit smoking. Smoking creates bad breath, leaves an odor on your clothes and causes wrinkled skin in addition to the more serious health risks of heart attack and cancer. A cup of great tasting coffee is fun, has no real risks (read health journals to find out more about the risks of coffee), and is actually recommended to help ward off diseases like Alzheimer’s, dementia and prostate cancer.