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Dr. Thomas Wright
Board Certified, American Board of Phlebology
24 years in practice
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Is smoking rocks bad for your lungs?

Dr. Thomas Wright
Board Certified, American Board of Phlebology
24 years in practice
3M people helped
Is smoking rocks bad for your lungs?

As in cocaine?: Yes. Very bad.

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified
31 years in practice
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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


Dr. J. Patrick Tokarz
Board Certified, Family Medicine
860K people helped
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Is smoking a pipe considered bad for your lungs?

Dr. J. Patrick Tokarz
Board Certified, Family Medicine
860K people helped
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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Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified
31 years in practice
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
44 years in practice
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What amount smoking would it take for your lungs to get bad?

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
44 years in practice
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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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Dr. David Cohen
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
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My boyfriend has been smoking marijuana a lot and now he has a pain in his lung area and the pain is so bad he can't move what is this?

Dr. David Cohen
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
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My boyfriend has been smoking marijuana  a lot and now he has a pain in his lung area and the pain is so bad he can't move what is this?

See a doctor: This question cannot be answered on line. He should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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31 years in practice
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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Can your lungs heal from smoking meth at least 5 or 6 times an holding it in a few times?But i quit a year ago not knowing how bad it was!please help

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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Can your lungs heal from smoking meth at least 5 or 6 times an holding it in a few times?But i quit a year ago not knowing how bad it was!please help

Symptomatic: If you continue to be symptomatic then an evaluation by a physician would be prudent. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
52 years in practice
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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

Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
52 years in practice
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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

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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Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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Is smoking marijuana after a deflated lung a bad idea?

Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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Is smoking marijuana after a deflated lung a bad idea?

Pot: Bad idea, especially for lung.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
137M people helped

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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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
42 years in practice
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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

Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
42 years in practice
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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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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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