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Doctor insights on: Exposure To Cigarette Smoke

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Can a minimal exposure to cigarette smoke cause any permanent damage?

Can a minimal exposure to cigarette smoke cause any permanent damage?

Yes, it can: Exposure to tobacco smoke, even second hand smoke, increases the risk of cardiac events by increasing the stickiness of platelets and making the blood more coagulable. Precipitation of a cardiac event, e.g., myocardial infarction, heart attack, can cause permanent damage. ...Read more

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Can a teens growth be stunted by occasional exposure to cigarette smoke?

Can a teens growth be stunted by occasional  exposure to cigarette smoke?

Stunted? No, however: The dangers posed by cigarette use in the teens stem not only from the direct effects of its use like lung cancer but also from the potential gateway it provides to the use of other substances. The latter poses the risk of getting a teen's future potential to be stunted. ...Read more

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Which is worse for you exposure to cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exaust?

Which is worse for you  exposure to cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exaust?

Toxic level: Cigarette smoking puts the toxins directly into your lungs and your body in a concentrated form. Auto exhaust is diluted by the time you might inhale it. Would you bend down, and directly inhale the exhaust from your car? Then consider what you are doing when you smoke - and stop altogether. ...Read more

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Is short term exposure to cigarette smoke enough to cause any cancers?

Is short term exposure to cigarette smoke enough to cause any cancers?

Cardiac risk: Short term exposure to tobacco smoke is a greater risk for precipitating a cardiac event by increasing the coagulability of blood and increasing the stickiness of platelets. It is difficult to quantitate the increase in risk for cancer from short term second hand smoke. ...Read more

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How do you detox your lungs from exposure to cigarette smoke?

How do you detox your lungs from exposure to cigarette smoke?

Stop exposing them: The good news: a few hours after you stop breathing smoke, your body starts healing from its damaging effects. Heart rate drops. Carbon monoxide levels drop to normal. In a few weeks, your lungs work better. Within a year, your risk for heart disease is half what it was. Withing 15 years, you have no greater risk for respiratory cancers than a non smoker. ...Read more

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Can short term exposure to cigarette smoke cause eye cancer?

Can short term exposure to cigarette smoke cause eye cancer?

Likely not: What kind of eye cancer you are referring here? Eye cancer is not common. I dont think that short term exposure to cigarette smoke can cause eye cancer. It may give you irrittation on the outside layer of the eye- conjunctivitis- makes your eyes red and discomfort. However, cigarette smoke is not something that you want to be exposed with, anyway-either as a first hand or as a second hand smoker. ...Read more

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Can minimal exposure to cigarette smoke cause permanent brain damage?

Can minimal exposure to cigarette smoke cause permanent brain damage?

Probably not measure: Cigarette smoke affects the lungs, bladder, heart and blood vessels. It might cause some subtle brain damage but the brain has significant barriers to toxins and so the effect if any is probably close to unmeasurable. The toxic effects of smoking are so obvious that quitting is the only rational pathway. ...Read more

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Could my growth be stunted by exposure to dad's cigarette smoke?

Could my growth be stunted by exposure to dad's cigarette smoke?

Maybe: I don't think that has been studied specifically, but recent research has demonstrated that children get approximately 1/3rd of passive indoor smoke. That means if parents (or others) smoke a pack a day in the house or car, the children living there are smoking a third of a pack a day. The harmful effects of smoke are even more profound and various in infants & growing children than in adults. ...Read more

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Which is worse exposure to second hand cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exhaust?

Which is worse exposure to second hand cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exhaust?

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