A 20-year-old female asked:
can you get lung cancer from smoking tobacco / nicotine free herbal cigarettes?
3 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
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 your risk. Stop smoking to improve your health!
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: While the majority of research is on inhaled tobacco and to a far lesser degree marijuana, what we have learned is that in general, inhaling any products of combustion may be associated with pathologic changes and development of malignancy.
Radiology 29 years experience
Yes: Smoke is an irritant to the lining of the lungs, causing the body to react and "defend" against the irritation and try to remove the smoke particles. Some smoke compounds are known to cause cells to become cancerous.
Last updated Jul 3, 2018
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