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A 20-year-old male asked:

I have been smoking for last one and a half year (about 6 cigarettes a day), will it appear on my chest x ray?

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Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
Pediatric Pulmonology 28 years experience
Destroys lungs: Won't show up now, not yet. It will for sure one day when it is too late. Smoking does no good. If you stop smoking now, you will keep your lungs healthy.
Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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Smoking causes harm to lungs, heart and vascular system. Earlier you stop healthier you are going to get
Apr 6, 2014
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
NO: Very unlikely that you would have a visible sign of smoking on x-ray after only a 1/2 pack-year smoking history. Now, why don't you just quit altogether? At only 6 cigarettes a day it would be simple to quit if you really wanted to. Think of all the money you'll save, as well as a much healthier lifestyle. Good luck.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Non specific: Usually smoking appears on chest radiograph as prominent central markings which can also be seen in viral infection, reactive airway disease, and inhaling polutants.

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A 20-year-old male asked:

If a person is smoking 10 cigarettes a day for one and a half years, will it appear on his chest x ray?

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Dr. Edgardo Ordonez
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Smoking: Generally, no. X-ray findings are usually seen in more chronic smokers when they are much older. Smoking is known to cause many health problems and it would benefit anyone who smokes, to get help quitting.

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