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Exposed Hand Smoke
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
If you go inside a room that people have smoked matijuana an hour or even 30 min .Ago, will you be exposed to 2nd hand smoke of marj. This way.
No: But your level of anxiety concerns me. Virtually everyone on the planet has been exposed to second hand smoke, whether they know it or not. We should all try to minimize our exposure, but single exposure to second hand smoke would have no detectable effects on anybody, other than perhaps someone with a severe allergy to tobacco smoke, or where it sets off their asthma. A counselor might help you. ...Read more
Are you really exposed to second hand smoke just by passing by people who smoke, or is it just an odor?
The closer you are!: The closer you are and the duration are the most important factors, aside from being indoor vs outdoor. ...Read more
I was exposed to second hand smoke for about 15 minutes. Should i be concerned about health consequences?
Exposed to second hand smoke. But there are so many degrees of second hand smoke; are some not dangerous?
Would very occasional and accidental exposer to second hand smoke cause serious health problems in children?
I smoked weed once a month ago (and exposed to 2nd hand smoke for 30minutes between 2 separate occasions that were 3 days apart). Will I test positive?
No, should be fine: You don't say when you were exposed to secondhand smoke but secondhand smoke exposures are unlikely to cause positive tests unless very recent and extensive. For smoking only once it is unlikely that a urine test will be positive for longer than a week. See http://www.ndci.org/sites/default/files/ndci/THC_Detection_Window_0.pdf for much more detail if you wish. ...Read more
No: One exposure won't harm you.Get a more detailed answer ›
Increased Illness: The effect of second hand smoke on children is well documented.It has proportionally greater effect on the younger children where it can double or triple the risk of respiratory disease.(ear & sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia)the effect is seen even at low smoke levels such that a chronic smoker would not be able to smell the smoke.Problems skyrocket if they smoke with kids present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the: Exposure. Serious second-hand smoke exposure causing the potential for an increase in head/neck cancer and lung cancer (on the order of 10-20% over baseline) has been reported in people who work in bars/restaurants where smoking is permitted, and in people living in homes where there are smokers, or other regular and heavy exposure to smoke. If your exposure was limited, your risk is very small. ...Read more
Alot: There are close to 54, 000 deaths a year attributed to second hand tobacco exposure. ...Read more
Secondhand smoke...: From the us national cancer institute: at least 69 chemicals in secondhand smoke cause cancer. Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in nonsmokers. Secondhand smoke has also been associated with heart disease, sudden infant death syndrome, ear infections, and asthma attacks. There is no safe level of exposure. Approximately 3, 000 lung cancer deaths occur each year in the us from sedondhand smoke. ...Read more
Minimal: The second hand smoke, a much smaller concentration than directly inhaled smoke from a cigarette, will coat the interior lining of the lung and little will be exhaled. The solution: don't smoke around your kids (go outside) or quit altogether for the sake of your health (do you want to be sickly or perhaps die before your kids grow up?). ...Read more
It is: Clearly a risk, but the measure is of tyhise exposed versus those not exposed, and cases observed versus expected. Epidemiologist don not provide straight answers, or answer questions with simple answers. ...Read more
No: Home is the main place i suggest that pregnant women tell friends/family to "take it outside" if people smoke they not only make themselves unhealthy (affecting financially those who depend on them) but also sicken pregnant women and predispose the babies to be smaller both before and after birth. If smokers want to be part of the life of families they say they love they should stop smoking asap! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Not likely at all.Get a more detailed answer ›
What is the likelihood of oral cancer in my 20s and I don't smoke or drink but occasionally exposed to 2nd hand smoke?
The current hot: Topic is for the human papiloma virus, hpv, types 16 & 18. These are associated for sure with throat cancers (oropharynx), and many assume oral (tongue, cheek, floor of mouth, alveolar ridge) but im not sure. Many believe these viruses, which cause cervix cancer & genital warts, access the upper tract sexually. 2nd smoke a factor in lung, ? Oral cancer. I doubt it! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
28 yo. 24 wk pregnant. Nonsmoker but exposed to 2nd hand smoke as child. Got cold and have been coughing mucus for 9 weeks. Chronic bronchitis?
Cough: Chronic bronchitis is actually defined as 3 months of cough in 2 years where other causes have been excluded. The second hand smoke you were exposed to as a child would probably be not affecting you at such as young age but it also depends on how much you encountered. Regardless, you cough should be evaluated in person, 9 weeks is an abnormal length of time to have cough. ...Read more
Any possible way cotinine could be in a blood test, when the person did not smoke , or use any nicotine products, nor be exposed to second hand smoke?
Yes: I recall a surprising test on pee of 2 week old babies from non-smoker homes who showed this byproduct in 15% of specimens. The only way it would have got there is second hand exposure. ...Read more
Yes: Incidence of lung cancers in non smokers is very low. The great majority of lung cancers are smoking related. In my own practice of over 900 lung cancers I have cared for, 5 patients never smoked or were continuously exposed to cigarette smoke. One patient was 23y/o when treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are chances 18 year old as lung cancer? Never smoked but has been exposed to second hand smoke entire life ?
HIghly unlikely: Your risk at this age would be extremely low but you are still at a slightly higher risk to develop lung cancer later in life from the exposure. I would not lose sleep over it however since the risk is at best minimal. If you are concerned because of a chronic cough, you should see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it possible for me get lung cancer if I spoked 30 yr ago and was exposed to second hand smoke for first 5 years of life?
Had mitral valve repair heart surgery 2months ago..Is it okay if im exposed to 2nd hand smoke tabacco?
When exposed to second hand smoke regardless of how minor I tend to get a tight throat and cough up pink unknown chunks. Is this something I should be concerned about?
Can your anxiety levels be high and you not actuallly feel tit? Im 22 with bouts of shortness of breath i wshould i be concerned that i got heart disease this early? Im not obese im thin and don't smoke but exposed to 2nd hand smoke
High anxiety level : Anxiety may manifest itself in many different ways. High anxiety level may mimic the symptoms of a heart attack and/or respiratory condition. Sometimes also, physical conditions may trigger anxiety. Get first reassured on your physical health by having a physical exam and lab work-up done by your general practitioner to rule out any medical condition before seeing any therapist or psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had heart surgery, mitral valve repair 3 months ago, if exposed to second hand smoke, tabacco or marijuana, in a open space, is this bad for me?
If my friend goes outside to smoke, then comes directly back into my apartment, is that exposing me to 3rd hand smoke? Is that definition? I get sick
Probably not: The cutoff limits on drug screens are set so that tiny amounts of thc discovered are not considered positive. The cutoff is 50 ng/ml. Most second hand exposure won't get levels that high. Next, and more importantly, is why you're exposed in the first place. You may wish to reconsider whom you hang out with who may get you in trouble. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer