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Smoking (Overview)

More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of every 10 adult deaths.


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Is smoking in a car with children bad?

Is smoking in a car with children bad?

Yes: Yes, yes. Yes. There is no question that second hand smoke is extremely dangerous and the more enclosed a space the more intense the exposure. ...Read more

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Smoking (Overview)

More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of every 10 adult deaths.


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Is smoking weed bad for you?

Is smoking weed bad for you?

Yes: Smoking (inhaling smoke, which is full of lung irritants and cancer-causing chemicals) of any kind is unhealthy. Weed is illegal under U.S. Law, so one can be thrown in jail and/or convicted of a crime. Having a conviction has bad side effects, such as problems getting a new job or the inability to enter canada for a vacation. Jail has its own dangers such as getting beat up or sexually assaulted. ...Read more

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Quitting Smoking (Checklist)

Commit to quitting -- tell friends and family to stay accountable
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Pick a date to stop and write it down
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Explore quitting aids like the patch, gum, and prescription drugs
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Seek support -- quitting can be hard
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I'm wondering if I am a teenager is smoking weed ten times going to seriously damage me for life?

I'm wondering if I am a teenager is smoking weed ten times going to seriously damage me for life?

It depends...: 10 times a day, 10 times a week, 10 times a month? It really depends on the frequency. Marijuana smoke is still smoke, and has carcinogens just like tobacco smoke has. So yes, excessive, regular marijuana smoking over years can cause serious health problems. ...Read more

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What is the downside to smoking weed?

What is the downside to smoking weed?

Just not worth risk: Secret: dealers lace weed w/ other drugs to get you hooked fast & hard. When I was in the ER, Philly had the deadliest weed in the country because it was always laced w/ high levels of fentanyl so people were OD'ing on opiates, not THC. I had another unfortunate patient who had the *worst* trip of her life because hers was laced w/ LSD. Here's the deal: real friends don't give/distribute drugs. ...Read more

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Does smoking affect a child's health?

Yes. It's bad. : As a pediatric ENT i can say there is no doubt that kids in homes in which adults smoke are sicker from a breathing and ear infection standpoint. But what parents don't realize is that "third hand smoke"- exposure to your clothes or hair or car when you've smoked (and they weren't even in the room at the same time) still causes issues. Best for all not to have smoke exposure! http://www.Cdc.Gov/. ...Read more

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Is there some good from smoking like providing warmth during winter?

Is there some good from smoking like providing warmth during winter?

None!: There is absolutely nothing "good" about smoking. It has been implicated in most of the most serious heart and lung diseases (coronary artery disease, asthma, emphysema), as well as cancers in multiple organ systems. And it can sicken other people who breathe in the "secondhand" smoke. If you're cold in winter, use a blanket or turn up the heat, but don't make any excuses for smoking! ...Read more

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If smoking in a car with a child in the front next to you can you makd them ill and a risk of them dying?

If smoking in a car with a child in the front next to you can you makd them ill and a risk of them dying?

Yes and No: Smoking in a car, next to a child, can make a child ill in several ways: eye irritant/allergic symptoms, nose irritant/allergic symptoms, ear infections, middle ear fluid (temporarily dulls hearing), throat irritation/pain, lung asthma (decreases exercise abilities and prolongs colds and flus), etc... The risk of the child dying from second hand smoke is small, but why take any risk at all? ...Read more

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Is smoking weed bad or another dumb boomer thing?

Is smoking weed bad or another dumb boomer thing?

Addiction= disease: Smoking weed may be harmful in a number of ways. It is neither bad nor dumb. Mutual support may be useful. Consider marijuana anonymous. ...Read more

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