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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 more
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
Chemistry and Toxicology of Cigarette Smoke
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK53014/ ...Read more
Too many to list:
There are hundreds of chemicals that can act as carcinogen, e.g., polycyclic hydrocarbons, polonium 210, arsenic etc. See this site for a technical description.
http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/91/14/1194.full. ...Read more
What is it, the tobacco or the crop-sprayed chemicals, that cause the damage associated with cigarettes?
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.
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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 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 more
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 firsthand 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 more
What can cause chronic bronchitis with normal lung function test, no relation to allergy, infectious disease, tobacco and other chemical irritants?
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 more
Nicotine: Most 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 more
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 at the moment. Good luck! ...Read more
Horrible: No such thing as 'pure', even though the tobacco companies want you to think 'natural' means healthier. Nothing could be further from the truth. The tobacco leaf, burned, has 50 KNOWN carcinogens, including arsenic. And that doesn't say anything about carbon monoxide. New products — smokeless, electronic cigarettes, slim cigars, etc. -- all are in the same boat. Not healthy at any level. ...Read more
VERY unhealthy: It doesn't make a difference whether tobacco is "pure" or "organic" or anything else you want to call it. The nicotine in it is what causes addiction, and contributes to the heart disease, and the tars (the products of combustion that are complex hydrocarbons) are what cause lung damage and cancer. While additives etc. may make tobacco even more dangerous, the "pure" stuff is dangerous enough. ...Read more
Probably tobacco: Both contain tar that can harm the lungs, and poisonous carbon monoxide in the smoke. But tobacco also contains addictive nicotine, which means that tobacco smokers usually inhale far more smoke overall than marijuana users. Tobacco is hard to quit, and causes or worsens many diseases over time. Marijuana can impair social and work functioning, but it isn't life-threatening in the same way. ...Read more
Very bad: It is not "impurities" in tobacco, or additives or anything else that does most of the damage — it is the tobacco. Doesn't matter if they call it "pure" or "organic" or whatever. It contains nicotine which helps you get addicted to smoking, and the smoke contains "tars" — toxic hydrocarbons, carbon monxide, formaldehyde and other poisonous substances that cause cancer, heart disease ; other ills. ...Read more
Recently smoked: One of the most common ways to test for tobacco use is from using a swab to collect saliva. The test is for cotinine, a chemical by-product of nicotine which is in all tobacco. Cotinine last for about 4 days or longer, so if you had tobacco in the last week the test could be positive. There are more detailed tests that could detect tobacco in the past few months. There's no test for 'ever smoked'. ...Read more