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How Are Peak Expiratory Flow Rates Affected By Smoking
More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of ...Read more
More information/pft: Yes, for most adults, this would indicate an abnormal amount of air being expired. This may indicate obstruction/restriction or a combination of these conditions. Your physician will guide further testing to determine the underlying cause. Asthma is one of the more common causes of a low PEF. ...Read more
Depends: that seems a bit low. Full pulmonary function tests with a pulmonary MD could help clarify the cause. ...Read more
Breif: A peak expiratory flow rate is a fairly simple test done, usually as part of a comprehensive pulmonary function test procedure. By itself, a few minutes as one usually is instructed to do several attempts and the best result or average results recorded. A full set of pft's may take 30 minutes to an hour depending on factors like patient cooperation, quality of equipment etc. ...Read more
Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?
Nicotine & Schiz: There are different ideas about this, but no "written in stone" answers. One is the possibility that nicotine may assist people whose internal "gating" mechanisms may be faulty -- where they have trouble differentiating inner from outer stimuli. Another is that nicotine may simply be more addicting in schizophrenic brains than others. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23919443. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Aging: Smoking is one of the top ways to prematurely age your skin and body. The toxins and chemicals in tobacco smoke damage the collagen and elastin in skin which leads to wrinkling and sagging. The nicotine in tobacco causes narrowing of the blood vessels which inhibits the amount of oxygen and nutrients going to the skin which is vital in keeping it healthy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there people not affected by smoking weed? I mean they smoke it but nothing happen they feel really normal and not hight
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