22 doctors weighed in:
Does second hand smoke affect copd?
22 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Another short answer to your question is that most authorities believe that it does.
There is controversy.

In brief: Yes
Another short answer to your question is that most authorities believe that it does.
There is controversy.
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones
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Dr. Yoram Padeh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Absolutely. The lungs do not distinguish between smoke directly from the cigarette and the smoke which was more recently in someone else's lungs.
Both contain the same toxins and can therefore produce the same damage. There is evidence that even "third-hand" smoking which is smoke coming off hair, clothing, skin, etc. Contains enough toxins to further lung damage.

In brief: Yes
Absolutely. The lungs do not distinguish between smoke directly from the cigarette and the smoke which was more recently in someone else's lungs.
Both contain the same toxins and can therefore produce the same damage. There is evidence that even "third-hand" smoking which is smoke coming off hair, clothing, skin, etc. Contains enough toxins to further lung damage.
Dr. Yoram Padeh
Dr. Yoram Padeh
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
You can view thevdetails here.
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/tobaccocancer/secondhand-smoke.

In brief: Yes
You can view thevdetails here.
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/tobaccocancer/secondhand-smoke.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Absolutely. I can think of many patients who were second hand smoke copd'ers--they themselves never smoked a cigarette in their life, but they were exposed to their 1-2 pack per day smoking spouse, and developed mild to moderate COPD as a result.

In brief: Yes
Absolutely. I can think of many patients who were second hand smoke copd'ers--they themselves never smoked a cigarette in their life, but they were exposed to their 1-2 pack per day smoking spouse, and developed mild to moderate COPD as a result.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Absolutely
Any type of cigarette smoke affects the lungs, including second hand smoke.
It is not as bad as directly smoking, but still. It is better to stay away completely.

In brief: Absolutely
Any type of cigarette smoke affects the lungs, including second hand smoke.
It is not as bad as directly smoking, but still. It is better to stay away completely.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. Sanjay Kumar
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes.
Although scientific validation may be lacking, most clinicians will agree that it does.

In brief: Yes.
Although scientific validation may be lacking, most clinicians will agree that it does.
Dr. Sanjay Kumar
Dr. Sanjay Kumar
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Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Smoke from cigarettes - including second-hand - can cause worsening of respiratory conditions such as asthma and/or copd.
Smoke is considered an irritant and can invoke an inflammatory or respiratory spasm response. An individual with COPD should take appropriate medications and avoid airborne irritants.

In brief: Yes
Smoke from cigarettes - including second-hand - can cause worsening of respiratory conditions such as asthma and/or copd.
Smoke is considered an irritant and can invoke an inflammatory or respiratory spasm response. An individual with COPD should take appropriate medications and avoid airborne irritants.
Dr. Jason Campbell
Dr. Jason Campbell
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
Absolutely. Any smoke will do damage to your airways, so if you have copd, you must avoid any tobacco smoke.

In brief: Yes
Absolutely. Any smoke will do damage to your airways, so if you have copd, you must avoid any tobacco smoke.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Any airborne toxin is detrimental to lung function, including smoke (from any source).

In brief: Yes
Any airborne toxin is detrimental to lung function, including smoke (from any source).
Dr. Theodore Cole
Dr. Theodore Cole
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Dr. Perry Sexton
Family Medicine
In brief: No
While it is possible that the carcinogens in tobacco smoke can lead to cancer after long term second hand exposure, the amount of damage that must be done to the lungs is near impossible through even long term, high level second hand smoke exposure.

In brief: No
While it is possible that the carcinogens in tobacco smoke can lead to cancer after long term second hand exposure, the amount of damage that must be done to the lungs is near impossible through even long term, high level second hand smoke exposure.
Dr. Perry Sexton
Dr. Perry Sexton
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
COPD risk is increased two fold in those exposed to second hand smoke.
Furthermore, in people with copd, second hand smoke can lead to attacks of such.

In brief: Yes
COPD risk is increased two fold in those exposed to second hand smoke.
Furthermore, in people with copd, second hand smoke can lead to attacks of such.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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