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Can People Smoke Cigarettes In Drug Rehab
Drug rehab goals: If you mean the participant, he/she gets a chance to regain control of life away from the substance. Counseling to determine why the path was chosen will assist in changing the behavior. Education on the damages caused by the substance to the body will provide awareness of the cost of use. The milieu of those who have been there before will show the future to the new user. ...Read more
What are the various dangers a person can experience from tobacco (both cigarettes and cigars), alcohol, and drug abuse?
Substance abuse: The question cannot be answered in a short column other than to say, lung, oral, and bladder cancer, hepatitis, liver damage and cirrhosis, hiv, aids, and a myriad of other infections and illness. On top of these, a life of misery associated with these substances is often more intolerable than the "afflictions" themselves. ...Read more
Nicotine is a drug: Reckless and unsafe behaviors go hand in hand. While most teens who start smoking do not abuse drugs, a majority of teen alcohol and drug users also use tobacco. In addition, more than half of teens who abuse drugs and alcohol also have an underlying mental condition, like Anxiety Disorders and Mood Disorders. Most who end up being life long smokers, start smoking as a teen. Nicotine is a drug. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Yes, of course, if you breathe in second-hand marijuana smoke some will get into your body. It is seldom enough to have you feel the effects and even less common to be enough to cause you to test positive on a drug test, though if you were in a small space like a car with someone who smoked a lot you might test positive for a short time afterwards! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Some in short run: There is moderate success in the short-run, but not much success in the long-run, even when combined with smoking cessation counseling (see a recent 2012 harvard school of public health study). However, given the serious health effects of cigarette smoking, inhalers may be worth a shot. Note that after quitting for one year, your risk of cardiovascular disease decreases by 50%! ...Read more
Smoking Always Bad: Smoking no matter whether it is tobacco , marijuana , clover, or whatever is bad for you and your lungs. There are myriad of carcinogens and toxins like Carbon Monoxide that are created by combustion / smoking. Tar content which are linked to lung disease are actually higher in marijuana. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Many people try to quit with e-cigarettes, and some of them allow you to "dial back" the amount of nicotine you are getting. However, there are as yet no published studies on this, so i cannot say how much success people have in trying to quit tobacco this way. You are better off with more traditional, tried and true methods like nicotine patches etc, smoking cessation programs, and other meds. ...Read more
Approximately how long does it take to develop lung cancer from smoking cigarrettes? Do electronic cigarrettes actually help a person quit smoking?
Why take a chance?: Cigarettes cause more than 90% of lung cancers, and more than 90% of many other cancers. Having said that, you can smoke all your life and never get cancer; you can also get lung cancer if you have never smoked a cigarette in your life. Smoking is like playing russian roulette. Electronic cigarettes help you quit, only if you are serious about quitting. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can secondhand smoke exposure to marijuana smoke delay thc withdrawal as well as intensify the anxiety im experiencing from quitting.
Marijuana s/e: Depending on the frequency and extent of exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke, some research suggests you will have some of it's harmful effects. You're getting marijuana into your system by inhaling it secondhand with likely effects based on how you've reacted to it in the past. See: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/285202.php#rate-this-article I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more
Not really: One of the harmful effects of smoking is increasing risk of heart disease, making it more likely for your heart blood vessels to be blocked/atherosclerosis. Running may help prevent this, but not completely. The effects of smoking, on balance, would be worse. PLUS, there are all the lung effects (emphysema, cancer) that running would have no preventive effect on. No smoking is best. Good wishes:) ...Read more
Depends: But long term success at smoking cessatoin under the most optimized clinical trial curcumstances is about 25%. This is why its best never to start. The tobacco companies know how hard it is for you to stop, and they have known for a long time. They have iontentianally designed their products to maximally addictive. ...Read more
Is there any research out there about the effects of smoking marijuana in people who do not smoke cigarettes?
Mixed results: The research in this area is mixed. Marijuana smoke contains more carcinogens than tobacco smoke. For instance, some studies show an increase in head & neck cancers in marijuana smokers: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/10613339 other studies suggest that smoking only marijuana does not lead to as many respiratory symptoms as smoking tobacco: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/19364790. ...Read more
Will second hand marijuana smoke get into someone's system...do you inhale the smoke if marijuana is smoked around you for example in the car.
Yes: if you can smell it you are breathing it in the amount that enters your body depends on the concentration of your exposure ...Read more
far too many: Although i'm afraid I do not know the numbers, far far too many people die from using crystal meth. It is associated with stroke, heart attack, as well as global progressive failure of health. Get help. Stop. Find any way to get the support you need to get off or help others get off of this terribly addictive, damaging drug. ...Read more
How much impact would secondhand marijuana smoke have on small children? Any different from cigarette smoke?
Lots: Secondhand mj smoke implies that an adult is smoking in the same area as a child. Besides the obvious impact of smoke inhalation, there is the facet of tacit acceptance of illegal activities to an impressionable child. The biggest impact then would be abuse of the child. Look at it this way, would you shoot up heroin in front of a child? ...Read more
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