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Doctor insights on: Exposed Hand Smoke

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Are you exposed to secondhand hand smoke just by passing people?

Are you exposed to secondhand hand smoke just by passing people?

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

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Any advice? I have been exposed to second hand smoke. Is my health now at risk?

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

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Are you really exposed to second hand smoke just by passing by people who smoke, or is it just an odor?

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

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I was exposed to second hand smoke for about 15 minutes. Should I be concerned about health consequences?

I was exposed to second hand smoke for about 15 minutes. Should I be concerned about health consequences?

Not at all: That wouldn't hurt anybody, unless they had a reactive airway disorder (asthma/bronchitis,) in which case the effect would be almost immediate. Carry on, and good luck. ...Read more

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Exposed to second hand smoke. But there are so many degrees of second hand smoke; are some not dangerous?

Exposed to second hand smoke. But there are so many degrees of second hand smoke; are some not dangerous?

No: Even a little is russian roulette. Why do this to your babies, your children? I know you love them. Step outside. Why continually expose them to about 30+ nasty chemicals? ...Read more

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Would very occasional and accidental exposer to second hand smoke cause serious health problems in children?

Would very occasional and accidental exposer to second hand smoke cause serious health problems in children?

No: That would be like sitting near a fireplace in the winter, or sitting downwind from the barbecue at a summer picnic... kids will usually be fine, but keep an eye on them to prevent them from touching hot surfaces. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Are you exposed to second hand smoke just walking passed people who smoke?

Are you exposed to second hand smoke just walking passed people who smoke?

Yes - a little: I generally avoid such smoke if visible, but like to make a theatrical cough when I have no choice but to walk by such people who are dumb enough (or addicted enough) to do their best to destroy their own lungs with smoking. ...Read more

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Do you think I should have my newborn exposed to second hand smoke?

Do you think I should have my newborn exposed to second hand smoke?

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 more

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I've been exposed to second hand smoke. How at risk for cancer am i?

I've been exposed to second hand smoke. How at risk for cancer am i?

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

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How many people exposed to second hand smoke will end up getting cancer?

Alot: There are close to 54, 000 deaths a year attributed to second hand tobacco exposure. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many people exposed to second hand smoke get cancer?

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

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Can children exposed to second hand smoke actually expel smoke from their lungs?

Can children exposed to second hand smoke actually expel smoke from their lungs?

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

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Does being exposed to second hand smoke occasionally make me vulnerable to get cancer?

Does being exposed to second hand smoke occasionally make me vulnerable to get cancer?

Yes, possible: That is the reason smoking is not allowed in public places to prevent exposure to second hand smoking, ti non smokers. ...Read more

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When children are exposed to second hand smoke, can you see any smoke coming from their lungs?

When children are exposed to second hand smoke, can you see any smoke coming from their lungs?

No: But the effect of smoke accumulates in their lungs and predisposes them to asthma and lung infections. ...Read more

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Of the total of people who are exposed to second hand smoke, how many of them would get cancer?

Of the total of people who are exposed to second hand smoke, how many of them would get cancer?

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

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If I have been exposed to second hand smoke all my life, is there a good chance i'll get cancer?

If I have been exposed to second hand smoke all my life, is there a good chance i'll get cancer?

Higher than normal: Not a "good" chance but higher than if you had not been exposed, about 10, 000 people in the us get lung cancer attributable to second hand smoke compared to over 400, 000 cases per year in smokers. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be exposed to second-hand smoke while pregnant?

Is it safe to be exposed to second-hand smoke while pregnant?

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 more

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Can children exposed to second hand smoke have long term lung changes?

Can children exposed to second hand smoke have long term lung changes?

Yes: Long term exposure in a small space almost guarantees uri, ear infection, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia and sadly cancer to those genetically prone. ...Read more

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Can people who are exposed to second hand smoke become addicted to cigarettes?

Can people who are exposed to second hand smoke become addicted to cigarettes?

No: They can suffer some i'll health effect from second hand smoke? But not become addicted to ciigarettes. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of oral cancer in my 20s and I don't smoke or drink but occasionally exposed to 2nd hand smoke?

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 more

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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?

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

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How many people exposed to second hand smoke get lung cancer?

How many people exposed to second hand smoke get lung cancer?

11, 000/year in US: About 11, 000 cases/year of cancer in the us are attributable to second hand tobacco smoke, compared to about 400, 000 from smoking. ...Read more

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Has anyone who never smoked/never exposed to second hand smoke get lung cancer?

Has anyone who never smoked/never exposed to second hand smoke get lung cancer?

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 more

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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 more

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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?

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?

Yes: 2nd hand smoke is a rare cause of lung cancer. The risk of cancer drops every year you are separated from smoking but never goes away completely. Of the last 1000 patients I've seen with lung cancer - only 5 had never smoked personally. ...Read more

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Had mitral valve repair heart surgery 2months ago. Is it okay if im exposed to 2nd hand smoke tabacco?

Had mitral valve repair heart surgery 2months ago. Is it okay if im exposed to 2nd hand smoke tabacco?

Not really.: Second hand smoke contributes to many health problems like heart disease, lung disease, and cancer, whether or not you have had mitral surgery. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes: You need to be seen by an ENT specialist, to examine your upper airways, you probably have some sort of inflammation / lesion that's causing such symptoms whenever irritated, best wishes ...Read more

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Can your anxiety levels be high and you not actuallly feel tit? I'm 22 with bouts of shortness of breath I wshould I be concerned that I got heart disease this early? I'm not obese im thin and don't smoke but exposed to 2nd hand smoke

Can your anxiety levels be high and you not actuallly feel tit? I'm 22 with bouts of shortness of breath I wshould I be concerned that I got heart disease this early? I'm 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 more

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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?

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?

Yes.: Second hand smoke is bad for you. Tobacco or marijuana. The american lung association and the canadian cancer society, among other organizations, have determined that secondhand smoke from marijuana is harmful. ...Read more

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Can being exposed to second hand weed smoke for 2 hours make you fail a drug test?

Can being exposed to second hand weed smoke for 2 hours make you fail a drug test?

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 more

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I smoked fake pot and now my hands are clamy why is this?

I smoked fake pot and now my hands are clamy why is this?

Overdose: Fake pot such as k2 or spice can be more potent than thc from marijuana. It is a chemical that is sprayed on the inert herbs, as a result it is not evenly distrubuted there may be higher "pockets" of the chemical on some of the herbs thus causing adverse effects. This makes it very difficult to regulate the amout you actually recieve. ...Read more

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What is third hand smoke?

??: I don't think there is such a thing. Second hand smoke is the smoke you breathe in after a smoker exhales smoke near you. ...Read more

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