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What amount smoking would it take for your lungs to get bad?

What amount smoking would it take for your lungs to get bad?

Depends on what you: mean by "bad". There is evidence that there is some damage even after a single cigarette, but this will quickly heal. Permanent damage to the lungs - chronic bronchitis,emphysema,cancer - take generally decades of smoking. However, particularly in those starting very young, and those smoking very heavily (2-3 ppd and more), damage can occur much sooner, even in a few years. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more

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Quitting Smoking (Checklist)

First, you must want to quit
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Pick a stop date
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Explore quitting aids like the patch, gum, and prescription drugs
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Seek support -- quitting can be hard
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Is " smoking " marijuana with a vaporizer bad at all for your lungs? I have had a series of spontaneous pnuemothorax and have had vats done of both lungs. I have never smoked anything before but have really bad anxiety and insomnia and have tried everythi

Spontaneous: Bilateral pneumothorax is associated with an odd condition called eosinophilic granuloma, histiocytosis x or leterer-siwie disease. Seek information from an internist. Curious as to why you asked about hookah/bong-like marijuana devices if you have never smoked. ...Read more

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Quitting Smoking (Checklist)

Look at resources online like http://smokefree.gov/
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Talk to family and friends to get them to support you with quitting
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Pick a quit date. It's easiest if it's a Monday or the start of the month.
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Talk to your doctor about medicines to help you quit
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Quitting Smoking (Checklist)

Make your decision, then choose a buddy/supporter
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Discuss your plan with your doctor
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Choose a quit date that's meaningful to you
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Cut out the source (where you buy the cigarettes, the money/credit)
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Is smoking a pipe considered bad for your lungs?

Is smoking a pipe considered bad for your lungs?

Yes: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently to flush out allergens and irritants. You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more

Smoking (Definition)

More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of ...Read more

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