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Pipe Smoking (Overview)

Pipe smoking refers to using a pipe to inhale tobacco smoke. Smoking causes many health problems.


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How unhealthy for you is pipe smoking?

How unhealthy for you is pipe smoking?

Same as cigarettes: ...Almost. The smoke is unfiltered in pipe smoking and can cause oral cancers and throat cancers. All forms of tobacco are unhealthy. ...Read more

Pipe Smoking (Overview)

Pipe smoking refers to using a pipe to inhale tobacco smoke. Smoking causes many health problems.


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What are the benefits and costs of pipe smoking?

What are the benefits and costs of pipe smoking?

No benefits: There are no health benefits to any type of smoking. The cost could be your health. ...Read more

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Quitting Smoking (Checklist)

Commit to quitting -- tell friends and family to stay accountable
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Pick a date to stop and write it down
Once
Explore quitting aids like the patch, gum, and prescription drugs
Once
Seek support -- quitting can be hard
Once
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Which is worse: cigarrete smoking or pipe smoking?

Which is worse: cigarrete smoking or pipe smoking?

Smoking Cessation: #1 both increase the risk of oral cancer. Cigarettes, when inhaled, increase lung cancer risk. #2. Nicotine anonymous #3 I have had success treating people in recovery from nicotine addiction using the patch. Decrease the dose very gradually, making reductions every two weeks or longer, to increase the likelihood of staying stopped. This works bests if done in combination with #2. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if pipe smoking better than a normal cigarrette?

Can someone tell me if pipe smoking better than a normal cigarrette?

Cancer risk: Any form of tobacco exposes you to the risk of oral and other cancers as well as other health problems. Is it really worth the risk? I see patients all the time when it's too late to go back in time and not smoke in the first place. Is it better to run across or ride a bike across a major highway against traffic to get to the other side? ...Read more

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Is pipe smoking as dangerous as cigarettes?

Is pipe smoking as dangerous as cigarettes?

Yes: In different ways than cigarette smoking. Cigarettes can cause oral, pharyngeal or lung cancer, since the smoke is inhaled into the lungs. Pipe smokers typically don't inhale into the lungs, just the mouth, so they are at risk for oral cancer. Any tobacco product puts the user at increased risk for cancer. ...Read more

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Which is more addicting: cigarettes or pipe smoking?

Which is more addicting: cigarettes or pipe smoking?

See below: Don't know. Don't care. Both are addictive and harmful and the studies to compare the relative risk will not be done because they are not ethical or important. ...Read more

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How many people die from cigar or pipe smoking each year?

How many people die from cigar or pipe smoking each year?

Hard to say: The national data is mostly on tobacco use, and 90% of that is cigarettes. Also, most pipe and cigar smokers do not inhale all the tobacco smoke, so most of the complications are related to cancer of the mouth and throat, rather than lung cancer. Nicotine is absorbed through mouth tissue, so there is still an increase in heart disease, but not as much as cigarettes. A guess - 40-50 thousand/y. ...Read more

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How does pipe smoking affect health compared to cigarette smoking?

How does pipe smoking affect health  compared to cigarette smoking?

It's still tobacco: Pipe smokers get more in the way of cancer of the mouth, iips, tongue, mouth and throat, including the larynx, than do cigarette smokers, but less lung cancer and heart disease, because they usually do not inhale the smoke. However, nicotine is absorbed from oral mucous membranes, so addiction to nicotine and many of the cardiac problems still occur. ...Read more

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Does pipe smoking affect the quality of a person's voice or speech?

Does pipe smoking affect the quality of a person's voice or speech?

Pipe smoking: Pipe smoking will likely alter your voice or speech only if you inhale the smoke. Not inhaling may spare your voice but still risks mouth cancer and tooth and gum disease. ...Read more

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Will pipe smoking lead to a weak left vocal fold?

Will pipe smoking lead to a weak left vocal fold?

Not usually: Pipe smoke not being inhaled commonly leads to cancers of the mouth, tongue and nasopharynx. Weakness of the vocal cords is usually due to a nerve injury, neurological pathology such as a growth in the brain or polyps and other such growths of the soft tissues of the vocal cord and throat. ...Read more

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Do cigar smoking and pipe smoking also increase risk?

Yes: Cigar and pipe smoking, even if you do not inhale, still increase the risk of cancer, particularly head and neck cancer, which includes mouth, tongue etc. ...Read more

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Pipe smoking vs cigar smoking --which is worse for you?

Pipe smoking vs cigar smoking --which is worse for you?

About equal: Depends on whether you inhale the smoke. Pipe tobacco has more tar, but fewer people inhale it, while cigar tobacco has less tar, but is more commonly inhaled. Both are associated with high rates of cancer of the mouth, lips, tongue and throat, but slightly lower rates of heart attack than cigarette smoking, and way less emphysema and bronchitis in those who do not inhale the smoke. ...Read more

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What is diference between pipe smoking and cigar smoking?

More Heat: The pipe has a tendency to cause more caustic damage to the mucosa because of the heat. ...Read more

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Are there any health benefits for anxiety from pipe smoking?

Are there any health benefits for anxiety from pipe smoking?

NOPE: Not sure what type of pipe smoking you mean but they are all bad. Tobacco can cause lip and oral; cancers. Other things are illegal and also terrible for you. A lot of other ways to treat anxiety like exercise, meditation, listening to music and getting professional help with therapy, relaxation techniques, and if necessary, medications. ...Read more

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Does pipe smoking lead to lung cancer?

Does pipe smoking lead to lung cancer?

Yes, tobacco use in: Any form increases the risk of cancer. The risk of lung cancer in pipe smokers is not as high as in cigarette smokers, but is higher than in non-smokers. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/risk_factors.htm. ...Read more

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Any psychological benefits from smoking pipe?

Any psychological benefits from smoking pipe?

Possibly: Oral fixations and habits are assuaged by pipe smoking. But the negatives far outway the positives. Better to suck on lollipops than smoke a pipe. ...Read more

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