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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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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

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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

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Trying to stop smoking. When i smoke it hurts in my lungs. And i want to cough really bad. What could cause this? I am 19 years, soon to be 20

Trying to stop smoking. When i smoke it hurts in my lungs. And i want to cough really bad. What could cause this? I am 19 years, soon to be 20

Your lungs ...: Your lungs are trying to tell you that smoking is really bad for you. Tobacco smoking irritates the airways and often induces chronic bronchitis (aside from chronic obstructive lung disease, emphysema, and lung cancer). The question is not why it does hurt your lungs but why you want to use it? ...Read more

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Quit smoking after 26 yrs (1/2 pack a day) never had smokers cough not coughing now... Is this bad? Should i be coughing if my lungs are clearing?

Congratulations: And stop worrying. You did a very good thing. Just as the damage was silent, the modest healing in your large airway structure will also be silent. Your lungs won't "clean themselves" by coughing, though especially if you also start exercising, the pulmonary lymph is likely to carry some of the blackness away. The whole team here is very happy for you. ...Read more

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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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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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