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Doctor insights on: Reasons Not To Smoke

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What age do you have to be to smoke hookah pens?

What age do you have to be to smoke hookah pens?

Depends on where: you live. Most states have not passed laws/regulations on age restrictions yet, but a few have set it at 18, just as with cigarettes. However, New York City has set 21 as a new legal age to buy cigarettes, and I suspect that they will do the same with vaporizers/hookahs as well. Your age is listed as 44 years, so don't quite understand why you're asking. Nobody knows if these devices are safe. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be addicted to tobacco but not smoke?

Is it possible to be addicted to tobacco but not smoke?

Yes: Yes, you can become dependent on second-hand smoke if you are exposed to it regularly. In addition, you can become dependent on smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco (dip, chew) can cause cancer of the mouth, decay in exposed tooth roots. It may also cause pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cigarette smoking not to cause lung damage if you quit before 30?

Is it possible for cigarette smoking not to cause lung damage if you quit before 30?

Unlikely, but smart: Cigarette smoking can cause lung damage from day 1. Stopping today, however, can help to reverse damage caused by smoking; and after 6 months of no smoking, studies have shown that your heart-attack risk can revert to that of a non-smoker! ...Read more

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If you don't smoke marijuana but people next to you are smoking and you inhale some smoke ..will marijuana get in your system?

If you don't smoke marijuana but people next to you are smoking and you inhale some smoke ..will marijuana get in your system?

Yes: Yes. It is a form of "second-hand smoke." It may be a small quantity, but it will still get into your system. ...Read more

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Why does smoking weed cause you to cough but smoking cigarettes doesnt?

Why does smoking weed cause you to cough but smoking cigarettes doesnt?

Particulates: Male asks why cigarettes do not arouse cough like "weed". Most cigarettes have filters that remove tars and particulates. Cannabis is smoked directly & is ladened with particulates which must be removed by the pulmonary toilet, which is the body's mechanism for helping the lungs clean. Cough is the engine that runs the pulmonary toilet. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to secondhand cigarette smoke, but not be allergic to pipe tobacco?

Is it possible to be allergic to secondhand cigarette smoke, but not be allergic to pipe tobacco?

Not really.: There really is no such thing as an allergy to smoke...From whatever type ...But some people may be more sensitive to one type -vs- an other...Regardless avoidance is always the best idea. ...Read more

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When you smoke, do you get addicted to other chemicals besides the nicotine?

When you smoke, do you get addicted to other chemicals besides the nicotine?

Not really: but the PROCESS of smoking cigarettes - the ritual of taking it out, putting it in your mouth, lighting it, and inhaling dozens of time for each cigarette, repeated 10-40 cigarettes per day, IS ITSELF ADDICTIVE. The nicotine is what hooks you though, and without nicotine it would be far easier to give up. The nicotine is what causes the mental and muscle relaxation while increasing concentration ...Read more

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I do smoke so is there any procedure to avoid cancer by smoking?

I do smoke so is there any procedure to avoid cancer by smoking?

Not Really: To avoid cancer after exposing yourself to smoking you can increase the amount of exercise and nutrition to try to offset the negative effects of smoking. But there is no known straightforward antidote to the harmful effects of smoking other than cessation of smoking. ...Read more

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Can you be addicted to cigarette smoke if you don't smoke cigarettes?

Can you be addicted to cigarette smoke if you don't smoke cigarettes?

Yes: Repeated exposure to second-hand smoke, both in cars and homes, is associated with nicotine dependence symptoms in non-smokers. Unfortunately, this often happens to children of parents who smoke around them. Years ago non-smoking nurses and doctors would become addicted to second-hand smoke when patients were permitted to smoke inside hospitals (seems strange to imagine these days). ...Read more

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What are some reasons why oxygen would not get delivered to your lungs?

What are some reasons why oxygen would not get delivered to your lungs?

Lung issues: Stopped breathing, blocked airway, oxygen-less environment, collapsed or fluid-filled lungs. Those would prevent oxygen from entering the lungs. If you are asking about what would prevent oxygen entering the blood via the lungs, that is usually due to lung tissue compromised by disease (i.e. Bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma) or damage (i.e. From smoking, pollution, inhaled chemicals). ...Read more

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For what reason do people smoke cigarettes?

For what reason do people smoke cigarettes?

Addiction.: People who start smoking are often looking for stress relief or caving to peer pressure. After that the addiction sets in, and they continue smoking because they're hooked on it. ...Read more

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Why do smokers get so many problems? Tar or nicotine?

Why do smokers get so many problems? Tar or nicotine?

Many chemicals: Tobacco contains hundreds of chemicals as does any plant leaf, not just nicotine or tar. A) those absorbed from the soil in which grown like lead, arsenic which are deadly toxins, b) those inherent to the tobacco plant itself, like nicotine and many more, 3) those applied to the leaf during growth like pesticides, antifungals and 4) during processing, like flavorings, etc. All a poisonous mix! ...Read more

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What causes smoking pot to be bad for you other than if its illegal?

What causes smoking pot to be bad for you other than if its illegal?

Bad for some users: Generally marijuana is more problematic when used by adolescents whose central nervous systems are still developing and can act impulsively before they use any drug. Marijuana can clearly destabilize patients who have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Otherwise, the other risk for some regualr adult users is loss of initiative, energy and motivation; but, the majority of users do not develop this. ...Read more

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How to know if some babies are actually allergic to cigarette smoke?

How to know if some babies are actually allergic to cigarette smoke?

Why: Second hand smoke provides dozens of toxic chemicals to the air inhaled by babies.They suffer 2-3x the number of respiratory and ear infections.Their crib death risk is elevated.Why you would need to validate an allergic response on top of the toxic effect is unclear. It's just bad around babies and the research has documented this well for decades. ...Read more

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Can you smoke hookah if you recently quit cigarettes, and not be addicted to nicotine?

No: That's like an alcoholic giving up scotch and switching to vodka. Its tobacco, and its still addicting, still harmful, still a carcinogen. ...Read more

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Could secondhand smoke cause someone to want to smoke later in life?

Could secondhand smoke cause someone to want to smoke later in life?

Depends on variables: An impressionable child might decide it looks cool or normal to smoke, and that visual, not the smoke might induce someone to smoke. I can't buy into the idea that living around 2nd hand smoke alters you physically and makes you want to smoke. ...Read more

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Would it be recommended to to smoke weed if i'm on medication?

Would it be recommended to to smoke weed if i'm on medication?

Depends: Smoking pot is generally bad for the lungs - all smoke, regardless of the source, is bad for lungs. Mj has the same particulates and carcinogens as tobacco, just without nicotine or a filter, and is used less often. You could consider eating or drinking it if the medication is for your lungs. Other medicines also are affected by pot because pot revs up some of your liver's enzymes. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Pressure to quit smoking is making it harder for me to not smoke..Ironic. What do you recommend?

Pressure to quit smoking is making it harder for me to not smoke..Ironic. What do you recommend?

Can only quit 4 you!: Quitting smoking under pressure from someone else when you do not want to quit is almost guaranteed to fail. You will only quit when you have your own reason to quit. A smoking cessation program or a therapist can help you to clarify the pros and cons of quitting, after which you can make your own decision about whether you are ready or not. ...Read more