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Is smoking from second hand smoke addictive?

Is smoking from second hand smoke addictive?

No.: You can get disgusted but not addicted to second hand smoke because you get no nicotine rush with it. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Second Hand Smoke (Definition)

Second hand tobacco smoke can be irritating to the lining of the ear's normal draining tube (the Eustachian tube). Some estimate that exposure to second hand smoke is responsible for as many as 2 million extra ear infections each year in the US. Reducing exposure ...Read more


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What is worse, inhaling second hand smoke or smoking cigarettes?

What is worse, inhaling second hand smoke or smoking cigarettes?

Risks less but there: While the odds are less, secondhand smoke has been linked to the development of emphysema and heart disease, just like smoking. So not as intensely risky as smoking, but still risky. People who live with smokers do need to be careful and mind their own health. ...Read more

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Is second hand smoke harmful?

Is second hand smoke harmful?

Yes : This has been shown in many studies and thus it is important to avoid exposure to second hand smoke. ...Read more

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Which is worse exposure to second hand cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exhaust?

Which is worse exposure to second hand cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exhaust?

Nothing to choose: Both are bad in different ways. Tobacco smoke predisposes to heart attacks, aggravates respiratory problems and may marginally increase the risk of cancers. Auto exhaust causes respiratory damage, carbon monoxide poisoning and depending on the type of exhaust may increase the risk of cancers. ...Read more

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Could asthma come from second hand smoke exposure?

Could asthma come from second hand smoke exposure?

Possibly.. : There are many reasons for asthma to develop, including an inherent pre-disposition. But, in the right circumstances, second/hand smoke can certainly be one risk factor for asthma to develop. Other factors include respiratory infections, environmental allergies, occupational exposures etc. ...Read more

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How harmful is one hour of exposure to second hand smoke?

How harmful is one hour of exposure to second hand smoke?

Difficult to measure: Exposure to second hand smoke can trigger heart attack in susceptible individuals. How harmful, is difficult to state, as most people do not suffer long term consequences from a single short exposure. ...Read more

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Could second hand smoke cause acne?

Could second hand smoke cause acne?

No: Nobody's showed a link. That doesn't mean you have to tolerate it. Don't try to figure out what's causing your acne; simply treat it. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does second hand smoke affect copd?

Yes: Another short answer to your question is that most authorities believe that it does. There is controversy. ...Read more

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Thc second hand smoke harm babies?

Thc second hand smoke harm babies?

Two issues: This smoke has the same effect in increasing frequency of respiratory & ear infections (2-3x) as cigarette smoke. There is also some conflicting data suggesting contribution to learning disabilities. ...Read more

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Since second hand smoke is dangerous to non smokers , but is second hand smoke dangerous to smokers themselves?

Since second hand smoke is dangerous to non smokers , but is second hand smoke dangerous to smokers themselves?

Yes: Cigarette smoke carries lots of carcinogens and is toxic to smokers and non smokers alike, regardless of who "owns" it. Don't smoke and stay away from places where people do. ...Read more

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Is second hand marijuana smoke like second hand ciigeratte smoke ..if exposed to marijuana smoke but you don't smoke it ..will it enter your system.?

Is second hand marijuana smoke like second hand ciigeratte smoke ..if exposed to marijuana smoke but you don't smoke it ..will it enter your system.?

Yes: All those who inhale even small amounts of smoke will have ash deposits in their nasal passages that can leak canabanoids into your system. The amount may or may not reach a level detected by usual testing methods.(Depending on your proximity to the users and the duration of exposure) ...Read more

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Can second hand smoke possibly kill anyone?

Can second hand smoke possibly kill anyone?

You bet: The claim of 50, 000 deaths per year in the usa from a few years back wasn't true, but as an autopsy pathologist i've had a couple of cases in which a non-smoking wife of a constantly-stogie-puffing husband died of a classic smoker's cancer. I believe it's cause and effect. About 1000 kids die of asthma yearly and most live in smoke-filled homes. I wish these are prosecuted as homicides. ...Read more

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Is second hand smoke harmful to people with cataracts?

Is second hand smoke harmful to people with cataracts?

No research: We have research that clearly shows that patients who smoke have more rapid progression of their cataracts. We do not know if second-hand smoke can have that same affect. Certainly the harm in terms of lung disease, cancer and heart disease is clearly proven though. ...Read more

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Can children exposed to second hand smoke actually expel smoke from their lungs?

Can children exposed to second hand smoke actually expel smoke from their lungs?

Minimal: The second hand smoke, a much smaller concentration than directly inhaled smoke from a cigarette, will coat the interior lining of the lung and little will be exhaled. The solution: don't smoke around your kids (go outside) or quit altogether for the sake of your health (do you want to be sickly or perhaps die before your kids grow up?). ...Read more

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How can I avoid second hand smoke in asia?

Avoid smokers: It may be an idea to tell people around you that the smoking bothers you. Courtesy on their part will help you. ...Read more

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How can second hand smoke effect children?

How can  second hand smoke effect children?

Increased Illness: The effect of second hand smoke on children is well documented.It has proportionally greater effect on the younger children where it can double or triple the risk of respiratory disease.(ear, sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia)the effect is seen even at low smoke levels such that a chronic smoker would not be able to smell the smoke.Problems skyrocket if they smoke with kids present. ...Read more

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How bad is second hand smoke compared to a smoker's intake?

How bad is second hand smoke compared to a smoker's intake?

Just as bad: Second hand smoke has been proved to be a risk factor for lung cancer and other lung diseases. The risk increases linearly with exposure. When parents smoke, their exposed children are at an increased risk for asthma, respiratory infections, and otitis media (ear infections). ...Read more

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How to help my body heal after second-hand smoke exposure?

How to help my body heal after second-hand smoke exposure?

Nothing Special: Your body has tremendous recuperative powers. Fresh air, exercise, good nutrition and adequate sleep should be sufficient. ...Read more

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For how long will it take to recover from second hand smoke exposure?

For how long will it take to recover from second hand smoke exposure?

Tobacco smoke: We all slowly lose lung function as we grow older, typically most non-smokers will die with greater than 80% of their lung function. Smokers lose lung function at a faster rate. If they stop, the rate of decline typically slows to the same rate as non-smokers. Most people do not experience activity limitations until they have less than 80% capacity. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Smoke Exposure (Definition)

A condition that arises from inhaling smoke of any kind. ...Read more