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Is one cigar a month considered being a smoker?

Is one cigar a month considered being a smoker?

Insurance definition: The criteria for “who is considered a smoker” varies between insurance companies. Most companies define "smoker" as any nicotine use (including gum and patch) within the last 1 to 3 years. There are perhaps a few companies that might give non-smoker rates for gum, patch, cigar, limited cigarette use, pipes and chewing tobacco. ...Read more

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I recently had my second Pneumothorax. I am not a smoker but my friends do cigars. Will the smoke increase my risk? Or what about one puff myself?

I recently had my second Pneumothorax. I am not a smoker but my friends do cigars. Will the smoke increase my risk? Or what about one puff myself?

Avoid both.: Smoke, in general, is not good for you. If your second pneumothorax was spontaneous (i.e. not caused by some sort of injury), you may want to consider seeing a thoracic surgeon (chest surgeon). You may benefit from an operation called a VATS and pleurodesis. ...Read more

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I smoke one cigar a week. I don't inhale. Am i at a greater or equal to risk of getting cancer than a non smoker?

I smoke one cigar a week. I don't inhale. Am i at a greater or equal to risk of getting cancer than a non smoker?

Greater risk: Despite not inhaling, you are at greater risk than a non-smoker for getting cancer. Whereas you are not likely to get lung cancer if you dont inhale, you still are at risk of getting oral cancers of the lips, tongue, mouth lining, and even throat, what we often refer to as oropharynx cancers. The risk increases the more frequently you smoke the cigars. ...Read more

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Do the risks of getting oral cancer increase for dip users or cigar smokers?

Do the risks of getting oral cancer increase for dip users or cigar smokers?

Yes: Oral tobacco (dip, snuff, chewing) and cigar smoking (or chomping) are risk factors for mouth, tongue, and throat cancer. More use = more risk, especially with regular use of alcohol. Would be best to quit.... If not, at least switch where you put oral tobacco, to minimize irritation in one specific spot in your mouth. ...Read more

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Healthy 46 YO male, active, occasional drinker, occasional cigar smoker, no inhalation. Heart rate spikes to 150 bpm while sitting on occasion. Why?

Healthy 46 YO male, active, occasional drinker, occasional cigar smoker, no inhalation. Heart rate spikes to 150 bpm while sitting on occasion. Why?

Heart rate: Multiple reasons exist. If ur HR is truly spiking that high, first step would be general exam and EKG as well as Holter monitoring to determine if u have arrhythmia of sorts that is causing high rates. Some basic biochemical testing would be prudent as well. Further , more specialized tests and specialty consultation would be determined on the above. Good luck ...Read more

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45 YO male 5'8" 197lbs occasional cigar smoker, no inhalation Total cholesterol 255 LDL 177 HDL 36 Tri 209 BP 118/78 Cause for concern? Meds needed?

45 YO male
5'8" 197lbs
occasional cigar smoker, no inhalation
Total cholesterol 255
LDL 177
HDL 36
Tri 209
BP 118/78
Cause for concern? Meds needed?

I'd manage it: Cholesterol's mostly genetic & you may need Rx. Many physicians would start a statin, but if you haven't given some really robust exercise a fair try, think about that first. You remember how much fun you had as a super-fit teen. Could you try getting back to the lifestyle? If that's not possible or doesn't work, then talk with your physician seriously about meds. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long (max) would tobacco show up on a urine test if only one cigar was smoked one time?

How long (max) would tobacco show up on a urine test if only one cigar was smoked one time?

Several days: The maximum time for casual 2 cigarettes a day smokers is about 2-3 days. If you are being tested for a job it should be gone very quickly. ...Read more

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I shared 1 cigar with two other people a week ago. It was the first and only time I have ever tried one. Would it still show up on a urine test?

I shared 1 cigar with two other people a week ago. It was the first and only time I have ever tried one. Would it still show up on a urine test?

Urine test?: Even if it did, who would care. It is nonetheless doubtful that nicotine will remain around long enuf to appear in urine one week later. Also not sure that this is part of routine testing. ...Read more

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If someone who has never smoked before, takes only one really weak puff from a cigar, how much nicotine is absorbed? How long for cotinine to leave?

If someone who has never smoked before, takes only one really weak puff from a cigar, how much nicotine is absorbed? How long for cotinine to leave?

No real damage: from one very weak puff of a cigar and the effects will leave your body very quickly. The real issue seems to be prevention from starting smoking. Cigars are just as dangerous as cigarettes. Avoid the slippery slope to smoking. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I noticed maybe 15 little peach colored spots on my chest. One circle the size of a cigar end and others like cigarette ends. What could they be?

I noticed maybe 15 little peach colored spots on my chest. One circle the size of a cigar end and others like cigarette ends. What could they be?

Pityriasis rosea?: Rashes are difficult to describe in words. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can examine a peach spots rash to see what it might be. Sometimes rashes are related to viruses, allergies, medications, etc., but many times they are not. For odd rashes, skin biopsy may be done by a dermatologist. One should bring to the doctor a list of all medications used in the month before the rash appeared. ...Read more

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How many cigarettes is one black and mild cigar (skinny cigar) equal to? The info on the internet is all over the place. From 3 to 22 cigarettes..

How many cigarettes is one black and mild cigar (skinny cigar) equal to? The info on the internet is all over the place. From 3 to 22 cigarettes..

What difference?: They are all bad for you. Why would you spend money to destroy your health and make yourself smell and act unpleasantly around many other people? You may dismiss this as an unwarranted comment, but as a long practicing physician I have seen the incredible damage smoking can do to persons. Please stop. ...Read more

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I never smoke, but over 2 weeks ago puffed a few cigar puffs to try one. Didn't inhale. Will it show up in hair/nicotine testing for preemployment?

I never smoke, but over 2 weeks ago puffed a few cigar puffs to try one. Didn't inhale. Will it show up in hair/nicotine testing for preemployment?

Yes: Nicotine hair tests can detect smoking for at least 90 days and possibly longer. You don't need to inhale cigars (in fact most people can't) to get a significant dose of nicotine. Just puffing is what most cigar smokers do and they get plenty of nicotine. Not inhaling only works if you are bill clinton. ...Read more

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