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I need to help dad. He smokes cigars?

I need to help dad. He smokes cigars?

Get him to see Dr..: Lifely the best way to handle this is to show your dad medical info. From the web, or hospital, etc., and then have him see a doctor to confirm the info. About this to show him that there are serious long term consequences of cigar smoking, like heart disease and cancer. Let the doctor show him samples of what can happen and give him counseling. He can also get examined to see his status. ...Read more

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Could a person who smokes cigars only on special occassions not be addicted to nicotine?

Could a person who smokes cigars only on special occassions not be addicted to nicotine?

Sure, but . . . : In order to be addicted (that is, dependent) on nicotine, people need to show a problematic pattern of substance use, which leads to impairment or distress. Very infrequent use of cigars, while risky, could be done without developing tolerance or withdrawal symptoms, hallmarks of addictions. Unfortunately, cigar smokers often begin celebrating more often and become addicted, risking their health. ...Read more

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Can being around someone who smokes cigars in front of you give you lung cancer or just asthma?

Can being around someone who smokes cigars in front of you give you lung cancer or just asthma?

Yes: Risk factors of lung cancer most definitely includes inhaling secondhand smoke. You can also learn more about risk factors at the following link: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/lung-cancer/risk-factors-and-prevention. ...Read more

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I only smoke cigars socially like 4-6 cigars a month. Will nicotine and cotinine be in my system 4 days after last cigars?

I only smoke cigars socially like 4-6 cigars a month. Will nicotine and cotinine be in my system 4 days after last cigars?

Likely: Cotinine may stay detectable for 4-10 days after last use. Consult this site for drug elimination times. http://www.ipassedmydrugtest.com/drug_detection_times.asp ...Read more

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Please advise if it's ok if i smoke cigars on occasion?

Please advise if it's ok if i smoke cigars on occasion?

It ok: As long as you accept that it is ok to increase your risk of cancer, lung disease and cardiovascular disease albeit to a lesser extent than if you used more regularly. ...Read more

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I'm a 20 year old male, i've smoked cigars on and off for around 4 years now, how much damage?

I'm a 20 year old male, i've smoked cigars on and off for around 4 years now, how much damage?

Minimal: Smoke related damage to the lungs is cumulative over time. 4 years of tobacco smoking is quite minimal unless you have a positive family history of lung disease or a genetic predisposition to developing lung disease. Short term effects of smoking include lack of taste, lack of smell, discoloration of the teeth, lack of libido. Longterm effects are greater including cancer, heart attack & stroke. ...Read more

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Are you at a higher risk of cancer if you smoke cigars?

Are you at a higher risk of cancer if you smoke cigars?

Yes: Any use of tobacco increases the risk of cancer. Cigars increase risk of cancer of the mouth. Depending on inhalation of cigar smoke you may be at higher risk of cancer of aero-digestive track, lung, bladder etc. ...Read more

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I have to take a saliva cotinine test to avoid insurance surcharges. I smoke cigars very infrequently and last time was 6 weeks ago. Will I pass?

I have to take a saliva cotinine test to avoid insurance surcharges. I smoke cigars very infrequently and last time was 6 weeks ago. Will I pass?

Most probably yes: Cotinine is short-acting and can be found for 2-4 days after smoking or consuming tobacco or nicotine-containing products. Most cigar smokers don't inhale, but some nicotine may be absorbed through the mucus membranes of the mouth and throat. However, whatever small amount is absorbed will be gone in 2-3 days. I am concerned about any use of tobacco products. Consider stopping completely. ...Read more

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Tips and tricks to stop smoking. I don't smoke cigarettes, but I do smoke cigars occasionally and ecigs. Any helpful ideas I can do to stop all toget?

Tips and tricks to stop smoking. I don't smoke cigarettes, but I do smoke cigars occasionally and ecigs.  Any helpful ideas I can do to stop all toget?

Yes: Be honest with yourself, WHY do you want to quit or are you doing it to please others? Figure out your triggers and work on them. If you have a lot of issues seek counseling. Make a list of 30 benefits if U quit & just as many things that will be bad for you. You are intelligent you know all these things ...Read more

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Is it worse to smoke a cigar than a cigarette?

Is it worse to smoke a cigar than a cigarette?

Both are bad.: Both can lead to heart disease and cancer, so it is hard to say which is worse. However i don't think you want to try and find out, so it is best to avoid both. Cigarette smoking may cause more death, but more people smoke them than cigars, and cigar smoking can result in particularly disfiguring cancer of the mouth, etc., and both can result in heart disease, so both are bad. ...Read more

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I smoke one cigar a week. I don't inhale. Am i at a greater or equal to risk of getting cancer than a non smoker?

I smoke one cigar a week. I don't inhale. Am i at a greater or equal to risk of getting cancer than a non smoker?

Greater risk: Despite not inhaling, you are at greater risk than a non-smoker for getting cancer. Whereas you are not likely to get lung cancer if you dont inhale, you still are at risk of getting oral cancers of the lips, tongue, mouth lining, and even throat, what we often refer to as oropharynx cancers. The risk increases the more frequently you smoke the cigars. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of cigar smoking? I smoked a cigar or two a day for ten years and have recently quit. Am i in danger of getting emphysema?

What are the dangers of cigar smoking? I smoked a cigar or two a day for ten years and have recently quit. Am i in danger of getting emphysema?

Little danger but..: Congratulations on stopping smoking! unfortunately, smoking cigars has the same hazards as smoking cigarettes- see http://www.Quitsmokingsupport.Com/cigars.Htm. However, unless you have an unusual genetic predisposition as dr. Ruttledge discusses, most people will not get significant emphysema from 10 years of smoking, if you don't smoke again i like your odds! ...Read more

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I smoked a cigar on sunday. The next morning, i woke up with a painful sore throat. It's been 6 days & symptoms haven't gone away. What should I do?

Seasonal flu: It is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. If there is no improvement or sore throat is severe or lasts longer than a week, or you are getting joint pain; see your pcp for evaluation. On another note: some people might believe that cigar smoking is safer than cigarette smoking, but it's not. Rec.: consider quitting. ...Read more

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Can cigar smoke harm a baby more so than the average cigarette smoke?

Can cigar smoke harm a baby more so than the average cigarette smoke?

Essentially the same: Cigar or cigarette smoke promote the same increase in respiratory disease/ear infections, etc. Other odor producing agents like cleaning materials are irritating but have less residual effect on baby over time. Perfume/carpet cleaner/candles/wood stoves or fire places have variable effect. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i smoke 6 tobacco cigars a day?

What do you advise if i smoke 6 tobacco cigars a day?

STOP SMOKING: 6 cigars are a lot of cigars, and particularly if you inhale, you are setting yourself up for the same problems as if you were smoking a couple packs of cigarettes per day. Cigars have more tar and nicotine in general, and are associated with mouth and throat cancer, and if you inhale, lung cancer and heart disease, as well as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Get help with smoking cessation asap. ...Read more