Yes. Another short answer to your question is that most authorities believe that it does. There is controversy.
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.
Yes. You can view thevdetails here. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/tobaccocancer/secondhand-smoke.
Yes. Although scientific validation may be lacking, most clinicians will agree that it does.
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.
Yes. Absolutely. Any smoke will do damage to your airways, so if you have copd, you must avoid any tobacco smoke.
Yes. Any airborne toxin is detrimental to lung function, including smoke (from any source).
I've had pneumonia 7 times over the past 18 years, is it ok for me to scuba dive, I would only be going down about 40 feet. I coughed up blood a few times about 6 years ago, but nothing since. My doctor told me I may have COPD from second hand smoke (i'v
Scuba Diving. What did your COPD doctor say? If they recommend against, then i would have to concur since they have knowledge of your medical condition and are best suited to make recommendations. The concern with regard to the risk of scuba diving in patients who have asthma or COPD relates to the fact that divers breathe compressed gas. It is contraindicated. Read more...