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My dad is 59 years old and a smoker. Lately he has been complaining of having a hard time breathing.?

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Elaine Peterson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Smoking & breathing

Smoking damages the lung tissue and can lead a person to have shortness of breath.
Smokers are at an increase risk of many diseases, thus it would be best to have your dad seen by a physician if he is currently having a hard time breathing.

In brief: Smoking & breathing

Smoking damages the lung tissue and can lead a person to have shortness of breath.
Smokers are at an increase risk of many diseases, thus it would be best to have your dad seen by a physician if he is currently having a hard time breathing.
Elaine Peterson
Elaine Peterson
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Dr. Philip Gilly
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Remind him of the ..

Benefits to giving up smoking: within 20 mins, blood pressure and heart rate decrease; within 12 hrs, carbon monoxide blood levels normalize; within 48 hrs, the sense of smell and taste start recovering; within 3 mos, circulation and lung function improve; within 9 mos, there is less coughing and shortness of breath; within 1 yr, the risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half.
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In brief: Remind him of the ..

Benefits to giving up smoking: within 20 mins, blood pressure and heart rate decrease; within 12 hrs, carbon monoxide blood levels normalize; within 48 hrs, the sense of smell and taste start recovering; within 3 mos, circulation and lung function improve; within 9 mos, there is less coughing and shortness of breath; within 1 yr, the risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half.
Need i say more?
Dr. Philip Gilly
Dr. Philip Gilly
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