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Diseases Caused By Second Hand Smoke
Second hand tobacco smoke can be irritating to the lining of the ear's normal draining tube (the Eustachian tube). Some estimate that exposure to second hand smoke is responsible for as many as 2 million extra ear infections each year in the US. Reducing exposure ...Read more
Possibly.. : There are many reasons for asthma to develop, including an inherent pre-disposition. But, in the right circumstances, second/hand smoke can certainly be one risk factor for asthma to develop. Other factors include respiratory infections, environmental allergies, occupational exposures etc. ...Read more
Nothing to choose: Both are bad in different ways. Tobacco smoke predisposes to heart attacks, aggravates respiratory problems and may marginally increase the risk of cancers. Auto exhaust causes respiratory damage, carbon monoxide poisoning and depending on the type of exhaust may increase the risk of cancers. ...Read more
Airflow resistance: Think of the lungs as a giant balloon. The critical point in the system is the neck of the balloon. The narrower the neck, the harder it is for air to flow in and out. In chronic obstructive lung disease the bronchial tubes are narrower due to mucous, swelling, inflammation and sometimes loss of support structures. The straw analogy relates to the airflow limitation through smaller tubes/airways. ...Read more
Yes but: If you define any exposure, then the answer is yes . However the duration and quantity of exposure determine whether your health would be impacted thus the casual exposure you get will not likely affect you. ...Read more
Sure: Whatever's in the air, gets breathed in by those present. Synthetic marijuana is especially risky stuff because you don't know what's in it in the first place -- unidentified herbs sprayed with an undetermined quantity of thc-like solution. Not healthy for the smoker or those breathing around him/her. ...Read more
Since second hand smoke is dangerous to non smokers , but is second hand smoke dangerous to smokers themselves?
Yes: Cigarette smoke carries lots of carcinogens and is toxic to smokers and non smokers alike, regardless of who "owns" it. Don't smoke and stay away from places where people do. ...Read more
Risks less but there: While the odds are less, secondhand smoke has been linked to the development of emphysema and heart disease, just like smoking. So not as intensely risky as smoking, but still risky. People who live with smokers do need to be careful and mind their own health. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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