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How many cigarettes does it take to get lung cancer

A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Possibly: Cigarette smoking increases the risk of lung cancer. There is no "safe" amount. Life is full of choices, and if you smoke you inhale toxins which can ... Read More
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Nicotine dependence: Let Wise Man in you ask about cigarette smoking: • Duration • Maximum in a day • Effect on teeth, breathing and exercise • Cough Reasons: • Stresses •... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Zero: Not even one cigarette a day is safe. Depending on your genetic makeup, you could be raising your risk of lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and othe... Read More

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Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Lung cancer: Isn't the only problem with smoking, other lung diseases, heart diseases, blood pressure, bladder cancer, and a host of other health problems, you are... Read More
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
No: Cigarettes are responsible for the overwhelming majority of lung cancers but is not the only cause. Some other lung carcinogens include asbestos, cadm... Read More
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
No: Non smokers also get lung cancer less frequently.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Major reason: 90% of the lung cancers occur in smokers. Environmental pollutants, especially radon gas are also carcinogenic. About 10% of lung cancers occur in n... Read More
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Dr. Ben Ferguson
Dr. Ben Fergusonanswered
General Surgery 10 years experience
No.: It's not common for teenagers to get lung cancer, smoking or not. A small fraction of a percent of lung cancer patients are diagnosed before the age o... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Absolutely: Primary smoker and second hand likely as well from your family. Stop now to get back to a lower risk strata!
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Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Unknown: Longterm effects of e-cigarettes are not known since they are relatively new. They may be safer than traditional cigarettes from a cancer standpoint b... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Greller
Emergency Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: You can get lung cancer from smoking anything. Tobacco, marijuana, herbs, etc. Inhaling the ash and smoke contains potent carcinogens that increase yo... Read More
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Dr. Dennis Ruditser
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
2nd hand smoking: Are you referring to second hand smoke? If so it is difficult to know exactly what the equivalent is in terms of how many cigarrette you inhaled, non... Read More
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Dr. Sandhya Thomas-Montilus
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Yes: Depending on the type of mold and the amount that was inhaled and the time period, it can be dangerous and toxic, potentially triggering lung cancer. ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 37 years experience
Too numerous to list: Cigarettes cause exposure to hundreds of toxic substances that can affect all parts of your body. They also induce extra inflammation in many parts of... Read More

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