No, if smoking helped for stress, then during stressful times, smokers wouldn't look like chimneys. It's an addictions and addictions actually worsens stress, because the more you are stressed, the more of the addiction you need.
The best way to relieve stress is exercise.
is releasing stress an advantage of smoking? no, there are no advantages of smoking. any possible benifits that could be found are greatly outweighed by all the negatives of smoking
some people use it to relieve stress. however, i dont think it may be considered as an advantage when smoking leads to a slew of respiratory illnesses later on.