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Tobacco Without Chemicals
Lots, and lotsa bad.: The Internet has lists of cigarette ingredients, some of which list over 599 ingredients and as many as 7000 chemicals. You'll be surprised to see what's in a cigarette. At least 40 are carcinogenic. http://www.tricountycessation.org/tobaccofacts/Cigarette-Ingredients.html ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tobacco Smoke: Tobacco smoke has more than tobacco itself. Estimates for tobacco smoke range from 4000 to 5000 but ONLY 100 of those pose significant health risks. That is why UNFLAVORED ecigarette liquids are safer (but not safe) Hazardous Compounds in Tobacco Smoke http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3084482/ Chemistry and Toxicology of Cigarette Smoke http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK53014/ ...Read more
What is it, the tobacco or the crop-sprayed chemicals, that cause the damage associated with cigarettes?
Probably both: The chemicals in tobacco, aside from nicotine, have been linked to many lung problems including cancer. It would not be unreasonable to think that the insecticides and herbicides that are sprayed on the tobacco plants- plus any other chemicals they add to the tobacco (flavorings,etc)- could be harmful. QUIT NOW Good Luck ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm a non-smoker with persistent mucus and slight cough the last several months. No exposure to chemicals, etc I am a smokeless tobacco user. ?
Hundreds of Them: Tobacco contains hundreds (perhaps thousands) of toxic and dangerous chemicals. It's difficult to say which is most harmful, or if the combination of all of them is what causes cancer and other problems. There is absolutely no health benefit to tobacco use. There are only negative consequences. Tobacco is definitely a habit you can live without...Literally! ...Read more
Pollutants: All of the pesticides, fungicides and herbicides used on the growing tobacco leaves when they go throught the liver are turned into "estrogen-like" compounds resulting in over-estroginized men and women. They also contain heavy metals all of these can cause various forms of cancers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As a doctor do you feel that tobacco is the main cause of lung cancer, or is it the chemicals big companies pt, or is there not enough research?
YES,: But not because of the nicotine that gets you hooked, but from all the other components such as the tar and the heat of the smoke is also a factor. Do non- smokers get lung cancer, yes they do but not in the high numbers we see from first hand and second hand smoke from tobacco. The only chemical that has been a cause for concern is the addition of extra nitcotine in the tobacco, but can't prove ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test, no relation to allergy, infectious disease, tobacco and other chemical irritants?
50% of us: have asthma that does not make us go to the doctor on a given year. Mostly, I think this is mis-diagnosis of not asthma, but actually inflammation due to a viral illness which varies from days to over a month. Asthma meds (especially monteleukast) fix it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try Nicotine Gum: After 3-5 days since one's last use of nicotine, there is no more in the body. Drinking more fluids can help it flush out faster. I encourage some my patients to try switching from cigarettes to nicorette (nicotine gum) gum- 4 mg and the uncoated mint. One chews it different from real gum so read the insert. Once a smoker gets used to the gum and over the cigarettes, the gum is tapered and discontinued. ...Read more
Stop Smoking Options: Auricular (ear) acupuncture ; hypnosis have no significant side effects ; can work well. Nicotine replacement options: nasal spray, patch, inhaler, gum ; lozenges. Smoking cessation programs offer support, meds. Monitoring ; education. Electronic cigarettes may or may not prove helpful. Prescription meds: zyban (wellbutrin) ; Chantix (bupropion).Check potential psychiatric side effects w chantix. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nicotine: Most of tobacco dependency happens because nicotine is a dependency-producing chemical, causing tolerance (the same amount does less) and withdrawal when stopped. It is also habit-forming because someone smoking 20 cigarettes a day is taking over 400 puffs per day - 400 "fixes" of nicotine. Anything done that regularly, that often, is reinforcing psychologically, as well as physically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smoking cessation: I recommend chantix, start at least 2 weeks before the day you decide you want to quit smoking. Tell people you are quitting, and when. Change your routines. Get rid of everything that reminds you of smoking (lighters, ashtrays) make your home "nonsmoking" so if you do smoke it is as inconvenient as possible. Stay in the moment. Good luck! ...Read more
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