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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Smoking And Youth (Overview)

Smoking is a leading public health issue, and many smokers began smoking at an early age, so there is great effort being put toward helping young people avoid tobacco.


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Ways to quit smoking and drinking?

Ways to quit smoking and drinking?

Get support: You've started by asking here for help. There's no one way to quit drinking or smoking. Find what works best for you. That said, support makes a huge difference. Tell your doctor your goals. Ask about smoking cessation. Go to http://www.aa.org/ to see if AA is the next step for you. Lots of support there. Stay positive and go at your own pace. It's not how fast you go, it's staying the course. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Smoking And Youth (Overview)

Smoking is a leading public health issue, and many smokers began smoking at an early age, so there is great effort being put toward helping young people avoid tobacco.


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Smoking and youth (Tip)

Every child needs limits--a minimum number of clear rules agreed upon by adults is key. ...See more

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Is nicotine free and tobacco free hookah healthier than smoking cigs? Also can nicotine free and tobacco free Hookah cause wrinkles around the lips?

Is nicotine free and tobacco free hookah healthier than smoking cigs? Also can nicotine free  and tobacco free Hookah cause wrinkles around the lips?

It depends: Smoking anything is necessarily 'healthy' for your lungs, but smoking a hookah is likely less damaging than cigarettes, with or without the nicotine. Cigarettes have other carcinogens that are more harmful than nicotine. The nicotine component creates addiction. Smoking anything can contribute to wrinkles because it is the action of pursing the lips that most leads to those wrinkles. ...Read more

Dr. Boris Aronzon Dr. Aronzon
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Smoking and youth (Tip)

If your child has new symptoms, do not hesitate to contact your pediatrician. ...See more

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Do more teenagers smoke cigarettes and pot now?

Do more teenagers smoke cigarettes and pot now?

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

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Smoking and youth (Tip)

Regular one-on-one time daily is indicated to maintain your relationship. ...See more

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Even if you quit smoking weed for a great number of years, can those smoking events from the past hurt my future child?

Even if you quit smoking weed for a great number of years, can those smoking events from the past hurt my future child?

Yes: Your child of the future will be impacted by your tacit acceptance of dangerous drug use. Your risk for psychosis symptoms or actual schizophrenia is significantly increased by marijuana use, which then will impact your ability to parent well. This data have been reported in many medical journals, with near universal agreement that late effects of marijuana are significant. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Gromko Dr. Gromko
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Smoking and youth (Tip)

When dealing with a health crisis, always be the source of truth for your child - even when it's tough. ...See more

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26 years old. Trying to quit smoking. At my young age, is all damage ive done to heart and lungs completely 100% reversible? Very light smoker

26 years old. Trying to quit smoking. At my young age, is all damage ive done to heart and lungs completely 100% reversible? Very light smoker

Yes: When you quit smoking you will enjoy reversal of all of the consequences of smoking and will find that with more energy and better breathing you will be able to exercise, enjoy a healthy diet, have better thinking and an improved mood overall. After taking this courageous step, you will find having a healthy lifestyle quite easy. Congratulations. ...Read more

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How many people often relapse into smoking after going through a smoking cessation program?

How many people often relapse into smoking after going through a smoking cessation program?

Depends: But long term success at smoking cessatoin under the most optimized clinical trial curcumstances is about 25%. This is why its best never to start. The tobacco companies know how hard it is for you to stop, and they have known for a long time. They have iontentianally designed their products to maximally addictive. ...Read more

Mike Moore Dr. Moore
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Smoking and youth (Tip)

Don't treat teens like little kids. ...See more

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Can hookah smoking daily between ages 16-18 stunt teen growth? I'm really frustrated and quit it already.

Can hookah smoking daily between ages 16-18 stunt teen growth? I'm really frustrated and quit it already.

Not sure.: Most males stop growing taller by around age 18. The natural history of nicotine dependence in teens study (funded by canadian cancer society) published in journal annals of epidemiology (17 march 2008) showed that on average, teenage boys who smoked were 2.54 cm shorter than their non-smoking counterparts. I have not reviewed study – so i can’t comment on quality of research. ...Read more

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Smoking and youth (Tip)

Concerned about drug use in your teen? Check your own medicine cabinet to see what's available! ...See more

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Started a non smoking cessation and decided to go on vapour ecigarrettes. Will my shortness of breath from smoking stop and chest tightness?

Started a non smoking cessation and decided to go on vapour ecigarrettes. Will my shortness of breath from smoking stop and chest tightness?

Everyone is: different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Not smoking can make things better but you need to see doctor. Better off w/out e-cigs. Peace & health. ...Read more

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Can smoking around children influence them to smoke?

Can smoking around children influence them to smoke?

Yes: Yes, of course. Children look up to their parents/adults for guidance and direction. In addition, second hand smoke promotes health problems in children including asthma, ear infections, etc. There are many reasons to quit smoking, but the presence of a child is a very strong one. Best wishes and good luck quitting! ...Read more

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