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Smokers In Household (Overview)

Secondhand Smoke Secondhand smoke is produced by a burning cigarette or other tobacco product. About 88 million nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke each year -- 32 million of them are children and adolescents. Parental smoking has been shown to affect the lungs of infants as early as the first 2 - 10 weeks of life, and such abnormal lung function could persist throughout life. Being exposed to secondhand smoke increases the risk for heart attacks and lung cancer. Exposure to secondhand smoke in the home increases the risk for asthma and asthma-related emergency room visits in children who have existing asthma. Children whose parents smoke are also more likely to be overweight and to have behavioral problems. Parental smoking is believed to increase the risk for lower respiratory tract infections (such as bronchitis or pneumonia) by 50%. Environmental exposure to smoke is thought to be responsible for 150,000 - 300,000 such cases every year.


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Are people who's parents smoked in house gunna look significantly older than those who's parents didn't smoke in the house?

Are people who's parents smoked in house gunna look significantly older than those who's parents didn't smoke in the house?

No: People do not look significantly older just because of second hand smoke exposure. They might look older for other reasons, if there are other reasons. ...Read more

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Smokers In Household (Overview)

Secondhand Smoke Secondhand smoke is produced by a burning cigarette or other tobacco product. About 88 million nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke each year -- 32 million of them are children and adolescents. Parental smoking has been shown to affect the lungs of infants as early as the first 2 - 10 weeks of life, and such abnormal lung function could persist throughout life. Being exposed to secondhand smoke increases the risk for heart attacks and lung cancer. Exposure to secondhand smoke in the home increases the risk for asthma and asthma-related emergency room visits in children who have existing asthma. Children whose parents smoke are also more likely to be overweight and to have behavioral problems. Parental smoking is believed to increase the risk for lower respiratory tract infections (such as bronchitis or pneumonia) by 50%. Environmental exposure to smoke is thought to be responsible for 150,000 - 300,000 such cases every year.


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Does asthma occur in cigarette smokers?

Does asthma occur in cigarette smokers?

Yes: Cig smoking causes copd, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Asthma is one type of such disease, emphysema is another. Both components can be caused by smoking. Once you quit smoking, asthma component may get better. Emphysema is incurable. The sooner you quit, the more lung will be saved. Look up allen carr's book the easy way to stop smoking: great inexpensive method, works for many. ...Read more

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Are there carcinogens in the smoke emitted from a meat smoker ?

Yes: You should try to avoid breathing the smoke whether it is just wood smoke or it is smoke from the meat. There is a clear association between eating smoked meats and cancer risk. ...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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Do cigarette smoke and marijuana smoke cause sinus infections in the same manner?

Do cigarette smoke and marijuana smoke cause sinus infections in the same manner?

Possibly yes.: Any kind of smoke is irritating to the nasal passages, causing inflammation and maybe infection/s. ...Read more

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Is the sweat of smokers harmful to those who have asthma?

Is the sweat of smokers harmful to those who have asthma?

No: The harmful effects of smoke come from inhaling smoke (first hand), second hand smoke exposure, and even 3rd hand smoke exposure (clothing with small particles from smoke). Also pregnant women who smoke can increase the risk of child have respiratory issues including asthma. The sweat should not be harmful. ...Read more

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Is dipping/chewing tobacco worse than smoking tobacco? It seems like "chewers" develop cancer in their 40s(babe ruth) where as smokers in their 60s

Is dipping/chewing tobacco worse than smoking tobacco? It seems like "chewers" develop cancer in their 40s(babe ruth) where as smokers in their 60s

Both are bad for you: You are right as to when their cancers might show up, but in either case, there's involvement of tongue, mouth, throat or in smoking, the lungs.Also secondary effects can be bladder cancer, other cancers as the toxic substances still need to be cleared from the body.Your best bet is to stop & see how you can replace this habit with a healthy one.Then, you will be going down a healthy path instead. ...Read more

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Why would cigarette companies put tar and carbon monoxide in cigarettes?

Why would cigarette companies put tar and carbon monoxide in cigarettes?

Tar unknown: Why tar is in cigarettes is strange. It does not have to be there and i understand there companies that make tar less cigarettes. As to the carbon monoxide it is a by product of all burning and this can not be helped as long as you are going to smoke. ...Read more

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Is smoking marijuana associated with lung cancer in the same way as smoking cigarettes?

Is smoking marijuana associated with lung cancer in the same way as smoking cigarettes?

NO- not proven but..: Quoting the national institute of drug abuse: "studies have not found an increased risk of lung cancer in marijuana smokers, as compared with nonsmokers." this from an organization that would no doubt like to say it's bad for you! however, those who smoke marijuana & tobacco and very heavy marijuana users may be at risk. See ...Read more

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Is pet dander worse than smoking in the home?

Is pet dander worse than smoking in the home?

No: While it's hard to directly compare these two, and for someone with a cat allergy in particular cat allergen in the home will be miserable for them, smoking is much harder on your health overall and over time. If you can only choose one, stop smoking. ...Read more

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Throat cancer in someone in their 20's with hpv?

Throat cancer in someone in their 20's with hpv?

HPV infection is: Quite common, but development of cancer is quite rare. These cancers are more frequent in older pateints, but can occur in the 20's. ...Read more

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Should the fda ban cigarette smoking in all public places?

Should the fda ban cigarette smoking in all public places?

Smoking is not safe.: Even though i had rather people make the choice of not smoking, sometimes we need to have laws to protect everyone. There are more public places where smoking is banned than there ever have been. I would support a total ban on smoking in public places. ...Read more

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Living in the city. Are roaches dangerous to people?

Living in the city. Are roaches dangerous to people?

No: Roaches are common in city living. They are very shy of humans and hide when disturbed. They do not carry any known diseases or parasites. However they may reflect a certain amount of lack of cleanliness in your living situation. ...Read more

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Can the average person breath enough air pollution to give them lung cancer in their lifetime?

Can the average person breath enough air pollution to give them lung cancer in their lifetime?

Possible: Depending on genetic predisposition, it is possible for a person to get lung cancer from breathing polluted air. The risk is even higher if the pollution has radioactivity, such as radon gas. About 10% of the lung cancers occur in non-smokers. ...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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Do people get asbestos related disease from asbestos in the home? Like popcorn ceilings.Or do only workers exposed to extremely high amounts get sick?

Do people get asbestos related disease from asbestos in the home? Like popcorn ceilings.Or do only workers exposed to extremely high amounts get sick?

Asbestos disease: The popcorn ceilings are not asbestos.Asbestos was used for insulation, mostly in factories and ships. Pts that end up with diseases related to exposure have worked very closely with it. Most have also smoked so the lung cancer could be from the TOB as well. Mesothelioma is directly linked to asbestos...sometimes you can even find the fibers in the cancer specimen. ...Read more