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what is worse, inhaling second hand smoke or smoking cigarettes?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Second-hand: Assuming your frequency of exposure to cigarettes is the same as primary vs secondary exposure, the second-hand smoke is worse because it's not filtered and it contains more ash and combustion by-products.
Answered on Oct 26, 2012
Dr. Christian Mayaud
34 years experience Hospital-based practice
"Second Hand" Myth: I am not an advocate of smoking and there are lot's of reason to quit smoking but "Second Hand Smoke" is not one of them. The expression "second-hand smoke" is a very effective piece of anti-smoking propaganda used all the time by public health officials and physicians yet there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support it's existence. It's logical to conclude but not proven in any study.
Answered on Apr 26, 2015
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Risks less but there: While the odds are less, secondhand smoke has been linked to the development of emphysema and heart disease, just like smoking. So not as intensely risky as smoking, but still risky. People who live with smokers do need to be careful and mind their own health.
Answered on Oct 24, 2015
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Both are bad: and can cause cancer COPD and other problems. Primary smoking is probably worse.
Answered on Oct 24, 2015

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