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What is worse, inhaling second hand smoke or smoking cigarettes?

What is worse, inhaling second hand smoke or smoking cigarettes?

Risks less but there: While the odds are less, secondhand smoke has been linked to the development of emphysema and heart disease, just like smoking. So not as intensely risky as smoking, but still risky. People who live with smokers do need to be careful and mind their own health. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Second Hand Smoke (Definition)

Second hand tobacco smoke can be irritating to the lining of the ear's normal draining tube (the Eustachian tube). Some estimate that exposure to second hand smoke is responsible for as many as 2 million extra ear infections each year in the US. Reducing exposure ...Read more


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What is worse: second hand smoke or air pollution?

What is worse: second hand smoke or air pollution?

Depends on how much: Pollution and how much smoking. If you live in beijing, the answer might be pollution is as bad or worse than a half-pack of cigarettes per day. If you live in the average american city, smoking is much worse if you are smoking more than a cigarette or two per day. Air pollution has different toxins and they may be worse for some people- like hydrogen sulfide and particulate matter. ...Read more

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What is worse: scotch guard fumes or second hand smoke?

What is worse: scotch guard fumes or second hand smoke?

Scotch guard vs smok: Realatively speaking it depends on length of exposure. Smoke as many more known carcinogens. Scotchgard has less data Related to inhalation as it is inhaled much less frequently than tobacco. However, there is a chance for a chemical pneumonitis are long irritation from Scott's car. Unless someone has long-term exposure, I would think the tobacco smoke is more of the culprit. ...Read more

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Do you know which is worse: second hand smoke or air pollution?

Do you know which is worse: second hand smoke or air pollution?

Depends on how much: Pollution and how much smoking. If you live in beijing, the answer might be pollution is as bad or worse than a half-pack of cigarettes per day. If you live in the average american city, smoking is much worse if you are smoking more than a cigarette or two per day. Air pollution has different toxins and they may be worse for some people- like hydrogen sulfide and particulate matter. ...Read more

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Could e-cigs have second hand smoke?

Could e-cigs have second hand smoke?

No: 1) Ecig produce vapor not smoke. Tobacco smoke has over 4000 ingredients. Ecig vapor has only what's in the liquid used - glycerine and nicotine if flavorless. 2) The expression "second-hand smoke" is a very effective piece of anti-smoking propaganda used all the time by public health officials and physicians yet there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support it's existence. ...Read more

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What can cause scarring on your lungs? Never smoked, or around second hand smoke

What can cause scarring on your lungs? Never smoked, or around second hand smoke

Many causes. See PCP: Numerous diseases can cause lung scarring. See your pcp/pulmonologist for an evaluation and full work-up. ...Read more

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Isn't breathing car exhaust as bad, or worse for a child than breathing second hand cigarette smoke?

Isn't breathing car exhaust as bad, or worse for a child than breathing second hand cigarette smoke?

Cigarettes worse: Both are really bad for you, in different ways. It doesn't matter which is worse, they are both dangerous, avoid them. Both have carbon monoxide. Cigarette smoke has 10 times more particles than car exhaust and over 4000 other toxic chemicals. Car exhaust has both small particles which get trapped in your lungs and free radicals created by the catalytic converter which also damage lungs. ...Read more

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Could you develop asthma from second hand smoke?

Could you develop asthma from second hand smoke?

Absolutely: Actually, it exacerbates your own tendency to asthma. You do not have to tolerate it. ...Read more

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Does second hand smoke from a VAPER Pen harm people around you?

Does second hand smoke from a VAPER Pen harm people around you?

Hard to Say: I know of no research indicating either the safety or the dangers of Second-Hand Smoke from E-Cigs. At the very least consider the courtesy of inflicting your vapors on others. ...Read more

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Why does second hand cigarette smoke give me a headache?

Decreased oxygen: Second hand smoke is as much nicotene, carbon monoxide inhation as you smoking a cigarette--especially in a room without fresh air flowing in. Cigarette smoke is inhaled. The carbon monoxide binds to your circulating red blood cells. They have a higher affinity for hemoglobin then oxygen. The carbon monoxide starves the brain of oxygen. This dialates cerebral blood vessels and causes headaches. ...Read more

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Is second hand marijuana smoke like second hand ciigeratte smoke ..if exposed to marijuana smoke but you don't smoke it ..will it enter your system.?

Is second hand marijuana smoke like second hand ciigeratte smoke ..if exposed to marijuana smoke but you don't smoke it ..will it enter your system.?

Yes: All those who inhale even small amounts of smoke will have ash deposits in their nasal passages that can leak canabanoids into your system. The amount may or may not reach a level detected by usual testing methods.(Depending on your proximity to the users and the duration of exposure) ...Read more

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Can your throat hurt from second hand smoke?

Can your throat hurt from second hand smoke?

Smoking: Yes it certainly can -secondhand smoke is more toxic than firsthand smoke by a factor of 4. 4 times more toxic. ...Read more

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What's a bigger health risk, pollution or second hand smoke?

Dr. Troy Ross Dr. Ross
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Either can be bad: For any exposure to a health hazard the amount and duration have to be considered along with the individual's health status. The term "second hand smoke" is thrown around a lot but it doesn't have any specific meaning. The important thing to remember is that you want to avoid toxins as best you can and keep your body healthy so that it can deal with what you are are exposed to. ...Read more

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Which is worse exposure to second hand cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exhaust?

Which is worse exposure to second hand cigarette smoke or exposure to auto exhaust?

Nothing to choose: Both are bad in different ways. Tobacco smoke predisposes to heart attacks, aggravates respiratory problems and may marginally increase the risk of cancers. Auto exhaust causes respiratory damage, carbon monoxide poisoning and depending on the type of exhaust may increase the risk of cancers. ...Read more

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Can someone get asthma from second hand smoke?

Can someone get asthma from second hand smoke?

Second hand smoke: Second hand smoke is a significant trigger for asthma and should be avoided whenever possible. ...Read more

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How bad is second hand smoke compared to a smoker's intake?

How bad is second hand smoke compared to a smoker's intake?

Just as bad: Second hand smoke has been proved to be a risk factor for lung cancer and other lung diseases. The risk increases linearly with exposure. When parents smoke, their exposed children are at an increased risk for asthma, respiratory infections, and otitis media (ear infections). ...Read more

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I do not smoke cigarettes but i smoke shisha (hookah) which contains tobacco 0% tar and 0.05% nicotine.Is it better than cigarettes or dangerous too. ?

I do not smoke cigarettes but i smoke shisha (hookah) which contains tobacco 0% tar and 0.05% nicotine.Is it better than cigarettes or dangerous too. ?

Dangerous also: It is the toxic residue of more than 4000 chemical compounds created by burning tobacco leaf that constitutes "Tar"THERE IS NO SAFE TOBACCOTar exposure from a light cigarette can be just as high as that from a regular cigarette if the smoker takes long, deep, or frequent puffs.The bottom line is that light cigarettes do not reduce the health risks of smoking.Even without additives tobacco=harm. ...Read more

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Can you develop asthma and bronchitis from second hand smoke?

Can you  develop  asthma  and bronchitis  from second  hand  smoke?

Aggravates them: Second hand smoke is an irritant, like chlorine gas, hair spray, heavy odors, cleaning fumes, etc.All such irritants can aggravate a lung condition like asthma or bronchitis. Many people with both are asymptomatic except when exposed to such triggers. They don't cause it they can trigger a worsening of symptoms if someone has them. ...Read more