Patient discussion about smoking

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Q. why is smoking bad for you?

AThere are numerous reasons why smoking is bad: it increases the risk for many cancers (and the more nasty ones, the ones that are not easily treated, if at all), in increases the risk to disease of the heart and blood vessels (sounds less dangerous, but still No 1. killer), it can cause chronic obstructive lung disease (imagine sitting in your chair, dependent on the oxygen mask, while even lacing your shoes cause you to feel out of breath), and many others.

Not to mention the cosmetic aspect: it gives a yellow shade to your fingers and teeth, it accelerate damage to the skin and can cause hoarseness.

It doesn't affect only you but also the people around you - your children your spouse, your friend that you expose to the smoke. And we haven't even mentioned the economical burden and social aspects.

There are many other reasons, but the decision to accept smoking as a bad thing must first be made by the listener- otherwise all I mentioned above wouldn't make any difference.

Q. Am I addicted to smoking?

I only smoke when I go out with my friends to a pub and at parties. Does this make me an addict?
A1You might not be addicted; however you shouldn't smoke at all since it is very unhealthy. If all your friends smoke, maybe you should start hanging out with non smoking friends as well or take your smoking friends out to places where they can't smoke and then you will not feel obligated to join them.
A2That doesn't nessecarily make you an addict. To test it you should see if one time when you go out with your friends you can restrain from smoking. If you aren't craving cigs or if they are something you can do without and still function properly then no you are not addicted to them. Hope this helps.
A3no idont hikn so if just dont you just smoke around your friends and then not at home than i dont think so get any nor and see if you can go with out them
BigGuy21

Q. what to do to quit smoking?

Athat's a tough one- quit smoking is a physical and mental struggle. first of all getting rid of the dependency on cigarettes, and then getting rid of the old habits (smoking after meals, in pubs, with coffee). it's harder then it seems. you may gain weight while doing so, so i recommend starting a diet for a month or two while smoking only a 1/4 of the amount you used to smoke and after a month just stop.
it's hard i know- i smoked almost 2 packs a day for 20 years. i stopped one day, i had the feeling there's an earthquake for 2 weeks. you just need a good motivation, like your children's health.
crossing fingers for you!
I'm here if you'll need help!!

Q. Does smoking cause emphysema?

I know it sounds like a silly question, as you can read everywhere that smoking damages your lung and cause emphysema and lung cancer, but I know a family with 4 brothers,2 of them not smoking and by the age of 50 both of them had emphysema, and another brothers that doesn't stop smoking but is completely healthy. How can than happen?
A1Most of the emphysema patients are smokers, but only a minority of the smokers eventually develop emphysema.
A2When doctors say that smoking cause emphysema, they doesn't say that you must smoke to get emphysema and that everyone that smokes will eventually develop the disease. You can smoke and never have emphysema, and you can never smoke and have emphysema. The numbers (i.e. the risk) is what makes all the difference...

Q. Why is it dangerous to smoke during your pregnancy?

A girl at my work is pregnant and I always see her smoking on her break! Every time I see her I tell her to stop and that she is hurting her baby, but she won't listen! She said her mother smoked when she was pregnant with her and she turned out fine. What can I tell her to make her stop?
A1its dangerous in every way possible,it causes birth defects,miscarrage,etc please dont smoke while your pregnant.
A2Women who smoke during their pregnancy have a higher risk to have a miscarriage, premature birth, still born or have a baby with deformities. Also babies that their parents smoke can develop asthma and other breathing difficulties.
A3It is dangerous to smoke in general and especially dangerous during a pregnancy. The oxygen the fetus needs he gets through the blood he gets from his mother. The carbon monoxide levels which is found in the smoke, decreases the oxygen amount in the mother's blood and then the fetus receive less oxygen. This can cause him many problems. The nicotine in the cigarettes cause the blood vessels to narrow and then the fetus receives less blood which can hurt his birth weight and jeopardize his health.

Q. How much do I have to smoke to get lung cancer?

If I only smoke 1 cigarette a day will I get cancer?
A1some people dont even have to smoke to get lung cancer,just being around someone who smokes can give you lung cancer.
A21 cigarette a day is also dangerous. It's best not to smoke at all. The more you smoke, the higher the risk is to develop cancer. It is an accumulative effect.
A3The longer you have been smoking and the more cigarettes per day smoked, the greater the risk. If you stop smoking before lung cancer develops, the lung tissue will slowly return to normal.

Q. what is a passive smoking? and is it dangerous as an active?

APassive smoking is the exposure to cigarettes smoke emitted from cigarettes smoke by other person. It's dangerous and may increase the risk to several diseases similar to active smoking (one's exposure to smoke emitted from the cigarettes he or she is smoking) although the risk is of lower magnitude. Example for passive smoking is children of smokers etc.

You may read more here:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/secondhandsmoke.html
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