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Are muscle aches a common side effect when quitting smoking cigarettes?

Are muscle aches a common side effect when quitting smoking cigarettes?

Yes: Muscle aches are not invariable in people who are trying to quit smoking, but they do occur. Nicotine is a muscle relaxant, and in withdrawal muscles can get tighter, causing pain and sometimes even spasm ("charley-horses"). Hot baths or hot backs, a heating pad all may help. If they are severe, nicotine replacement with patches, gum or lozenges will do the trick. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Does smoking cigarettes give you aches and pains?

Does smoking cigarettes give you aches and pains?

Smoking & Pain: There was a study that demonstrated increased low back pain with smokers. It only stands to reason that if it can cause low back pain, it may also increase incidence of other aches and pains. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a sore throat at home? And can smoking cigarettes daily (6-12) for a month cause it or leaving the ac on all night?

How to get rid of a sore throat at home? And can smoking cigarettes daily (6-12) for a month cause it or leaving the ac on all night?

Can stop smoking: There is never a need to smoke anything, other than smoking baby-back ribs (those are yummy). Just be strong and quit... and never go near the stuff again. One may have to avoid hanging around smokers (that's just a sacrifice one can make for a better life). One's primary care doctor can examine the throat to see if strep bacteria might be causing the pain, and also can help with quitting smoking. ...Read more

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Sore throat and enlarged nodes for three months after (unusually) smoking cigarettes. (nothing externally visible, no fever, weight loss or sweats)?

Sore throat and enlarged nodes for three months after (unusually) smoking cigarettes. (nothing externally visible, no fever, weight loss or sweats)?

Cancer: Smoking + sore throat for more than 2 weeks + enlarged lymph nodes = cancer until proven otherwise.
You need to see your local ENT asap. The nights sweats/fever would be more likely related to lymphoma (b symptoms) but pt's with lymphoma can be b negative. Bottom line... Get this checked! ...Read more

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What is a list of heath risks of smoking cigarettes?

What is a list of heath risks of smoking cigarettes?

Many: 1respiratory problems like copd, cough, phlegm, shortness of breath
2lung cancer
3coronary artery disease leading to angina and heart attack
4blockage of arteries causing peripheral vascular disease in legs and stroke
5abdominal aortin aneurysm
6cancers like bladder, cervix, esophagus, oral cavity, pancreas, pharynx, stomach, leukemia
7infertility, sids, preterm babies
8osteoporisis
9dental&gum disease
10skin. ...Read more

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How is it that smoking cigarettes isn't a disease also?

How is it that smoking cigarettes isn't a disease also?

It's medical problem: Tobacco dependence is considered a medical condition or 'diagnosis'. Just like dependence on alcohol, or even prescription drugs, it is very much a medical problem. In fact, tobacco use is the number one preventable medical problem in the U.S. The number of medical conditions that are the result of smoking is very large. Common is heart and lung disease, but also infertility and erectile problems! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are benefits for smoking cigarettes?

Can you tell me if there are benefits for smoking cigarettes?

Only in peoples mind: There is no safe level of tobacco. Smoking is linked to such a long list of medical problems - the space here is too short. However, it has a powerful effect on how people think, because that cigarette wants you to keep smoking. People will feel more calm, more awake, less anxious, less sad. Mostly because if you don't smoke, you will feel worse. So the benefits are only perceived, not real. ...Read more

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Which types of effects does smoking cigarettes have on a person mentally?

Which types of effects does smoking cigarettes have on a person mentally?

Mood changes: Nicotine has both stimulating and relaxing effects, and with cigarettes persons addicted are very good a titrating the amount of nicotine for desired effect., however once addicted the main effect the nicotine gives a smoker is to relieve the craving and mild withdrawal state that happens in between cigarettes. The withdrawal state could include irratibilty, poor concentration, anxiety. ...Read more

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How can I prevent smoking cigarettes?

How can I prevent smoking cigarettes?

Be smart: Anyone who tries to get you to smoke isn't your friend. It's an addiction that will ruin your health and ultimately very likely kill you. Just don't start. If you are a smoker and need to stop, get your physician's help. ...Read more

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Is dipping worse than smoking cigarettes?

Is dipping worse than smoking cigarettes?

Yup & yes both bad: Both cause nicotine addiction. Both cause cancer. Both are yukky. Smoking is worse for the lungs, dipping is worse for the gums, teeth, and breath. Spitting brown soupy saliva tinged with tobacco is socially disgusting. ...Read more

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Does smoking cigarettes have any health benefits?

Does smoking cigarettes have any health benefits?

Quit smoking: There are no health benefits to smoking. Also second hand smoke is harmful to others including risk to baby during pregnancy. You will look and feel better kicking the habit! ...Read more

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Could smoking cigarettes cause vertigo?

Could smoking cigarettes cause vertigo?

Vertigo: Nicotine is a vaso constrictor and a chemical plus the hypoxia from cigarettes can make you dizzy since it make s you sick stop smoking.. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I would get cancer from smoking cigarettes?

What are the chances that I would get cancer from smoking cigarettes?

Why chance it: As per the CDC: People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke. Even smoking a few cigarettes a day or smoking occasionally increases the risk of lung cancer. The more years a person smokes and the more cigarettes smoked each day, the more risk goes up. ...Read more

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Please convince me to stop smoking cigarettes.

Please convince me to stop smoking cigarettes.

Loaded question.: The best predictor of your success in quitting would be a true desire and motivation to quit. If you need convincing, then quitting might not be on the horizon for you yet. ...Read more

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Is there natural methods to stop smoking cigarettes?

Is there natural methods to stop smoking cigarettes?

Yes: Auricular (ear) acupuncture using asp (semi-permanent) needles which remain in place for up to 7 days at a time if really quite effect at removing cravings. Take care ; good luck. ...Read more

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Could smoking cigarettes damage an orthodontic retainer?

Could smoking cigarettes damage an orthodontic retainer?

Unlikely: While the toxins and hot gases in cigarette smoke can scar your lungs and cause cancer, they usually do not cause damage to the stainless steel or plastic retainers. However, the tars in cigarette smoke can discolor some retainers. ...Read more

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Does smoking cigarettes make you have to urinate more often?

Does smoking cigarettes make you have to urinate more often?

Unlikely: Smoking cigarettes is a risk factor for bladder cancer. It should not make you urinate more often. However, the breakdown products of smoking can cause bladder irritability and possibly cause urinary symptoms although this is not common. ...Read more

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Can stopping and starting smoking cigarettes affect my period?

Can stopping and starting smoking cigarettes affect my period?

Smoking can definite: Ly affect the microcirculation of the skin and internal organs including the uterus, ovaries, and everything else. It normally reduces circulation to the capillary beds where you need it the most. Also affects eyes (macula -fine vision area), skin/face/lungs, basically everything. It's time to discuss with your doctor ways that you can quit smoking to improve your health and longevity. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, I'm wondering if smoking cigarettes could get me skinnier?

Hi doctor, I'm wondering if smoking cigarettes could get me skinnier?

It could: It could also get you heart disease, peripheral artery disease, chronic lung disease, several types of cancers, bad odor, and make you a fire hazard as well as costing $2000 a year. Take your choice. ...Read more

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Can smoking weed give you the same cancer risk as smoking cigarettes?

Can smoking weed give you the same cancer risk as smoking cigarettes?

Smoking: Smoking of any substance irritates tissues everywhere it touches. So while cannibus is not tobacco, there are still risks associated. Some studies have shown that many folks smoke cannibus in addition to tobacco. If that's the case, it's a double whammy. ...Read more

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I quit smoking cigarettes three weeks ago and I am concerned weight gain?

I quit smoking cigarettes three weeks ago and I am concerned weight gain?

Just don't smoke!: It's one of the biggest reasons why smokers go back to smoking: weight gain. It's because you are no longer getting nicotine-- an effective appetite suppressant and can mildly boost your metabolism. When they quit, people feel anxious and are used to having something in their mouth so they tend to eat more. Even so, smoking is so much worse for you than gaining a few pounds, it's not even close! ...Read more

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Can smoking cigarettes while on Buspar (buspirone) have unwanted effects?

Can smoking cigarettes while on Buspar (buspirone) have unwanted effects?

Don't think so...: I am wondering what you may have experienced that makes you ask that, I have never heard of anyone complain about this. We can learn from you! ...Read more

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How much time do you have to be smoking cigarettes before it stains your teeth?

How much time do you have to be smoking cigarettes before it stains your teeth?

Immediately: Smoking immediately starts staining your teeth. It may take a short while for enough stain to build up for you to notice it. ...Read more

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Is smoking cigarettes the main reason I cannot perform when she wants to have sex?

Is smoking cigarettes the main reason I cannot perform when she wants to have sex?

Possible: Smoking can restrict blood flow on the basis of atherosclerosis. But there are other causes for erectile dysfunction. Psychological hormonal vascular, neurological. Advise seeing physician arrive at diagnosis and begin treatment both you and your significant other will be happier. ...Read more

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Marijuana versus smoking cigarettes: does smoking weed have tar and all that bad stuff?

Marijuana versus smoking cigarettes: does smoking weed have tar and all that bad stuff?

It has less: But nobody really knows, since it can be mixed with other plant products, and each "batch" may be very different from another batch. In general, the organic products found in marijuana smoke are not as harmful as those found in tobacco, but in heavy marijuana smokers can still result in bronchitis and even cancer, especially if the person also smokes cigarettes. ...Read more

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Trying to quit smoking cigarettes so bought electronic cigs is that safe for me being diabetic?

Trying to quit smoking cigarettes so bought electronic cigs is that safe for me being diabetic?

As a transition, yes: Cigarettes have cadmium and nicotine which cause inflammation, stress, and cause cardiovascular disease and cancer diseases more common in diabetics. Electronic cigarettes hopefully have mainly nicotine but your own body and air pollution can contribute the cadmium, the best thing is take sufficient vit d because cadmium breaks it down and commit to stopping both. ...Read more

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