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Why do lips turn pale blue when smoking?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: See your doctor

If your lips are turning blue, it is because you are suffering from lack of oxygen.
In people who already have severe damage, like chronic bronchitis or emphysema (COPD), the further reduction in oxygen levels associated with smoking can make lips or fingers turn blue. This is a dangerous situation for your health. See your doctor AND QUIT SMOKING NOW, while you still have a chance.

In brief: See your doctor

If your lips are turning blue, it is because you are suffering from lack of oxygen.
In people who already have severe damage, like chronic bronchitis or emphysema (COPD), the further reduction in oxygen levels associated with smoking can make lips or fingers turn blue. This is a dangerous situation for your health. See your doctor AND QUIT SMOKING NOW, while you still have a chance.
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