Doctor insights on:
Safest Cigarette To Smoke
Lesser of Evils: E cigarettes are not good for you either but not as terrible as regular cigarettes. That seems like faint praise indeed. Fda notes they have toxic substances, and that they may further some people's nicotine addiction--especially among teenagers and young adults. E cigarettes often make asthma and emphysema worse and much uncertainty remains. Still, yes, they do beat regular cigarettes. ...Read more
Depends on which: Part of the country you live in. In Washington State, our county has had a stable teen smoking rate of about 7% if not decreasing slightly. It is still unclear about e-cigarettes. Anywhere from 7-19% of kids have use marijuana in the past month. This is increasing slightly when comparing to 2006. ...Read more
Yes...: There are diseases that occur much more often in smokers like chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) and many malignancies like lung cancer, bladder cancer, etc. These diseases are much less common in non-smokers and in people who quit smoking. So, smoking cessation is needed to prevent or decrease symptoms in these diseases. ...Read more
It is not that: "It stays in your system". Every time you smoke a cigarette you do some damage to sensitive cellular systems. ...Read more
None if really "few": There are people who can "socially" some tobacco, with one or two cigarettes per week, but in my experience they are few and far between. The danger to your health from that level of smoke is not that high, but it is probably measurable, and may be similar to the risks that second-hand smoke causes. I always advise people not to take the chance and stay away from tobacco 100%. ...Read more
Probably not: There is no medical definition of a chain smoke although I always considered it to be a person who picks up one cigarette as soon as the last one was completed. You probably are not. Nervertheless, there is no safe level of cigarette smoking and you need to quit. ...Read more
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No: Chain smoking is lighting a cigarette from the one already being smoked to its stub. ...Read more
None with somke!: Try candy cigarettes. Any that cause you 2 inhale any smoke related products or by products. ...Read more
Not really: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic, delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. ...Read more
Technically yes.: Any exposure to cigarettes can be damaging. ...Read more
Yes but only if. .: You need to stay away from cigarettes and other forms of nicotine ; inhaled drugs. The longer you stay away, the better off you'll be. There are studies that demonstrate health benefits when 80yo quit smoking so stopping now gives you best chance overall of living a healthy life. Go see your family doc if you need help quitting. ...Read more
I I relapses and smoked a lot of cigarettes one weekend after cutting back will it be harder to quit?
KEEP TRYING!!: Do you mean you have relapsed 11 times back to cigarettes? I recommend seeing your doctor and try Chantix for about 6 months. ...Read more
I occasionally smoked cigarettes and hookah for a year at 15, did I permanently cause damage? I am terrified.
Permanent? No!: Some? Yes. But the longer you stay away from cigarettes, cigars, hookah, 2nd hand smoke, other illicit drugs etc, the better off you'll be. Some studies suggest that quitting at 80yo can be helpful (although clearly not as helpful as if quit at 15yo). Best is to never smoke at all but we can't go backwards in time. But since that was 5yrs ago, time to stop worrying ; being terrified. Time to live. ...Read more
If I smoked less than 100 cigarettes and did hookah about ten times in my entire life, did I do permanent damage to myself?
Unlikely: It is good that you quit before real damage could accumulate. The short term exposure you have had hopefully was unpleasant but your body can compensate for that. It is chronic smokers who get in trouble. ...Read more
I'm 17. I've smoked on 10 occasions over 2 years approx 3-5 cigarettes each time. I have quit for 6 months, should I be concerned for my health?
Little chance: You suffered any permanent damage by smoking amount you state. Best to not smoke at all, ever. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Hi! I smoke 2 to 5 cigarettes and wanna quite, will you please provide some advice please? Besides that I feel my friends don't like me especially a
Smoking: 2-5 cigarettes is pretty good. In order to quit try the following. Keep a log of when and where you smoke. Then try to eliminate one location and one cigarette at a time. Do this over a 1-2 month period. A practice which was quite successful in the original "smoke Enders" program. ...Read more
I have smoked on 5 different occasions in 2 years. Each time I approx smoke 2-3 cigarettes. I have quit for 6 months but am concerned for my health?
Probably: No worry at all. That was a very small dose. ...Read more
I'm 17.I must have smoked 30-40 cigarettes till now. It has been 1 year only. But I stopped now. Are there any problems if I stop it now. I need to know?
No problem: Social support helps--your doc or hospital may know of a group for you. Coffee/tea mugs, cigarettes, all give off a "i'm on a break message" to self and others. Give yourself permission to take a break/relax w/out that. Oral habit so mints, gum, etc. Can help. You can do it and your loved ones will be grateful. Congratulations! ...Read more
Nobody knows: Because the companies that make e-cigarettes managed to wiggle past any kind of regulation by the fda, nobody really knows because there is no research. All e-cigarettes are not created equal, and while it is clear that the sidestream smoke is nowhere near as toxic as smoked tobacco, nobody can say whether it is safe. Don't smoke around babies, e-cigarettes or other. Consider complete cessation. ...Read more