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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