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Can you explain if it's safe to exercise days or weeks after second-hand tobacco smoke exposure?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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How about minutes: there is no evidence that second-hand smoke impairs an individuals ability to exercise, and plenty of people who are smokers themselves exercise vigorously. If you are not used to vigorous exercise and have risk factors for heart problems, talk to your doctor before beginning an unaccustomed exercise program.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Could it be okay to exercise days or weeks after second-hand tobacco smoke exposure?

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It is ok to do those: Things after first-hand tobacco smoke exposure. If you are not used to strenuous exercise, you should start slow, and if there are major risk factors for heart disease, even consider talking to your doctor about testing before starting a vigorous exercise program. Second hand smoke has little effect on oxygen levels and endurance, and should not have an impact. We should avoid it if possible.

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