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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.


Dr. Joseph Roosth
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
30 years in practice
437K people helped
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Is smoking in a car with children bad?

Dr. Joseph Roosth
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
30 years in practice
437K people helped
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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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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.


Dr. Dale Tylor
Board Certified, Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
14 years in practice
665K people helped
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Does smoking affect a child's health?

Dr. Dale Tylor
Board Certified, Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
14 years in practice
665K people helped
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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
66M people helped
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Quitting Smoking (Checklist)

Commit to quitting -- tell friends and family to stay accountable
Once
Pick a date to stop and write it down
Once
Explore quitting aids like the patch, gum, and prescription drugs
Once
Seek support -- quitting can be hard
Once
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
532M people helped
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Should i continue smoking one cigarette a day?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
532M people helped
Should i continue smoking one cigarette a day?

Your question is: akin to asking "should I eat a little bit of rat poison each day?" ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Aaron Roland
Board Certified, Family Medicine
30 years in practice
612K people helped
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I haven't smoked in years I plan on smoking again in about 2 weeks just once for the feeling. How long will it for my system to get clean?

Dr. Aaron Roland
Board Certified, Family Medicine
30 years in practice
612K people helped
I haven't smoked in years I plan on smoking again in about 2 weeks just once for the feeling. How long will it for my system to get clean?

Do not do it!!: One of the biggest problems with stopping smoking is that sometimes people get overconfident and think they can just smoke one again, "for the feeling" or for some other reason. Don't do it. The risks of falling back into the habit/addiction are too great. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
13M people helped
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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?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
13M people helped
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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Dr. Nancy Mellow
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
987K people helped
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Is there some good from smoking like providing warmth during winter?

Dr. Nancy Mellow
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
987K people helped
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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Dr. Dean Giannone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
11M people helped
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I have been smoking since 16, about 5 cigs a day. I am 22 and quit. Will the effect of cigs affect me later in life? Or will it erase all the damage:(

Dr. Dean Giannone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
11M people helped
I have been smoking since 16, about 5 cigs a day. I am 22 and quit. Will the effect of cigs affect me later in life? Or will it erase all the damage:(

Time will tell.: Hopefully you've quit smoking at an age young enough that you've minimized the chances that you'll suffer ill consequences in the long term. Good job. ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
11M people helped
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How dangerous is smoking?

Dr. Dean Giannone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
11M people helped
How dangerous is smoking?

Very dangerous.: There's nothing good about cigarette smoking. There are about 42 carcinogens in cigarettes,,along with various toxins. Cancer, heart disease, lung disease. Very bad habit to pick up. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
36 years in practice
750K people helped
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How do I quiet smoking?

Dr. Gregg Albers
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
36 years in practice
750K people helped
How do I quiet smoking?

Ways to quit: Smoking is a very difficult habit and addiction to quit. Average number of tries is seven. Use a nicotine patch or puffer instead of cigarettes, but wean to using the patch or puffer exclusively, then wean the patch or puffers. Medications may be helpful as well, but some of these have side effects. Get support from friends and family and contact the american lung assoc. For a quitting packet. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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