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What are known health effects of smoking e-cigarettes

E-Cigarettes have been recommended by a fair share of physicians as a substitute for cigarettes because they are supposedly healthier. What is the scientific consensus on the health effects of e-...
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In what ways do studies indicate that smoking marijuana is detrimental to long-term health, if any?

I've heard a lot of conflicting information about the long-term effects. Could someone please clarify at least the proven risks? Note: I've decided to answer my own question, but I'd prefer to hear ...
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Is "smokers lungs" a lie?

We've probably all seen photos of smokers' lungs compared to non-smokers lungs. For example: These images are commonly used in anti-smoking materials, at least in the US, and I've never had cause to ...
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How much risk am I taking by joining my coworkers for smoke breaks?

Several of my coworkers take regular smoke breaks outside the office a few times per day. I don't smoke, but I join them once or twice a day. There are a few reasons why I find it valuable to do this: ...
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Oxygen saturation value of smokers

A person's O2 saturation, when measured in ambiant air at sea level with a pulse oxymeter (SpO2), is considered as normal between 95 and 100%. I've read (non-sourced Wikipedia FR fragment, no ...
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Is smoking during pregnancy harmful to child and mother?

In what way does smoking cigarettes by the mother affect the child and the mother during the pregnancy? What are further consequences it might have during the pregnancy and delivery of the baby?
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Effect of cigarettes on passive smokers

I have heard even passive smokers are subjected to many health issues even though they don't smoke directly. What are the issues related to health that can occur in the passive smokers, and does it ...
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Natural ways to quit smoking

I have been smoking for the past three years and I have decided to quit smoking cold turkey. It has been three days now! I am used to smoking during breaks. The craving is the worst every time I even ...
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Does 'vaping' affect your lungs?

I feel as if the question to "vapes" is unclear whether or not if it is bad for your lungs. I have done plenty of research and have found people only talking about E-Cigarettes, leaving me in ...
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How long after quitting smoking to expel tar from lungs?

I quit smoking over a year ago, before that, i used to smoke up to a maximum of 9 cigarettes a day. However, up until now, I did not cough up tar, only clear sticky mucus comes out. I want to know ...
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E-cigarette. Making liquid vs. buying liquid

I see more and more e-cigarette users around me making their own liquid instead of buying industrial products already assembled. They use exactly the same components (glycerin, propylene glycol, ...
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What is the effect of smoking before or during early pregnancy on the baby?

I assume it will be harmful to the baby if a woman smokes while pregnant. How about the situation where the woman smokes, gets pregnant and then stops? Does the smoking in the period until the ...
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What are the hazards from smoking or drinking and then donating blood?

Why the donors are always advised not to smoke tobacco or drink alcohol for a particular amount of time before blood donation? What adverse effects can the receiver be subjected to if the blood of a ...
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Side effects of smoking cessation

It's been a year since I quit smoking, but this year has been one of depression and counter-productivity at work. Is it common to experience things like this? If so, how long should it last?
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Smoking just after a workout

I smoke a cigarette just after workout at gym. Can that be more dangerous than smoking at a more ordinary time? For example, can it cause sudden cardiac arrest?
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Can quitting smoking cause stomach problems?

Say a person quits smoking (cold turkey), can it cause frequent bowel movements like 3-4 times a day and this frequent bowel movement lasting for month or more maybe. And because of frequent bowel ...
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Is 2nd hand smoking worse than 1st hand smoking

I have heard many things about smoking and a main issue as of one being that 2nd hand smoking is worse than 1st hand smoking itself? (I do not smoke I am just around someone who does smoke) Is this ...
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Do low-nicotine low-tar cigarettes have less negative impact on health than standard ones?

They are advertised as low tar or low nicotine. The assumption is that they are therefore less bad for your health. In general: Nicotine value ranges from 0.1 to 1.1 mg. Tar value ranges from 1 to 14 ...
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Gas from cigarette smoke

If a person walks indoors after smoking, they carry dust with them. But what about the gases from the smoke? Do those stick to the person or persist in the area and continue to pose a threat?
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Are there beneficial compounds in cigarette smoke?

The UKPDS 50 study suggested that smokers experience lower rates of diabetic retinopathy Somewhat counter-intuitively, smoking status was inversely related to the development of new lesions and to ...
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What's caused by the chemicals, and what's caused by the smoke

The great many downsides of smoking are certainly well-documented by now (to say the least), but something I've struggled to find an answer to is the following: When looking at health risks of ...
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Is there an established recommended maximum intake of cigarettes?

Recommended maximum intake of alcoholic beverages tell you that it's up to 1 drink per day for women and 2 for men. Is there an equivalent for cigarette smoking?
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Does Nicotine cause Cancer?

It is believed by many that Nicotine causes cancer, and passively vaping may also cause cancer due to the nicotine content. My research into the idea whilst looking at questions such as Does '...
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Are tobacco packaging warning messages improving health of society?

Are there any countries with law not requiring such warnings? If yes, were there conducted any smokers-related studies?
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Why do female smokers often have creases above their lips?

I've noticed women who consume tobacco often have striations in their skin above the upper lip when passing middle age (a frequent cause of annoyance as lipstick gets drawn into them via capillary ...
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It is well known that cigarette smoking makes Crohn's disease worse. Is it the nicotine or the toxins, or both?

It is well known that smoking increases both the severity and frequency of flares in people with Crohn's disease. What is not clear is whether that is due to the nicotine or the thousands of other ...
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How do electronic cigarettes affect the teeth?

Vaping has been growing quickly over the past few years, but we aren't sure of the long term health effects. One of the reasons I began vaping was because I enjoyed smoking, but there were too many ...
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Why do people smoke? Everyone knows it is unhealthy

Why do people smoke? Everyone knows it is unhealthy. There is an infinite number of scientific reports about this and yet, people continue to smoke (and start a new).
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Why does smoking increase the risk of developing medial epicondylitis?

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/golfers-elbow/basics/risk-factors/con-20027964 says: You could be at higher risk of developing golfer's elbow if you're: Age 40 or older ...
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Do nicotine lozenges cause wrinkles?

Do nicotine lozenges cause wrinkles on the face or around the mouth? Can a longtime lozenge user attest to this?
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Cardiovascular risk of light smoking

What's the cardiovascular risk of light smoking? Does a light smoker only incur a proportionally small fraction of the risk of a heavy smoker? What I've found so far is the following: According to ...
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Can the tar in our lungs from cigarettes be removed from our body after stopping smoking? [closed]

I have been smoking a lot of cigarettes these days and am concerned about my lungs. Can/will the tar in my lungs from cigarettes ever be removed?
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By how much does former smoking reduce one's lifespan?

If someone in their late teens/early 20s smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 5-10 years, and then never smoked again, by approximately how much would that reduce their lifespan?
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How serious is the risk of second hand smoke?

I am a non-smoker but enjoy going to a smoke filled casino near me for about 4 hours once a week. I take breaks to go outside for a few minutes throughout. How much risk (heart disease, lung cancer, ...
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Quantify third-hand smoke exposure risk

Are there any reliable reviews which quantify the risk associated with third hand smoke exposure? (For example in terms of second hand smoke exposure risk) The scientific literature I've read so far ...
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Does relighting a cigarette have a harsher effect on your health?

From the Cancer Institute of New Jersey: According to Michael Steinberg, MD, MPH, FACP, a member of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and director of the Tobacco Dependence Program, who is the ...
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Too much sitting as bad as smoking?

I have heard that when you sit very long times every day that it is as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes. Especially, it is bad for your metabolism and especially the lungs get into a bad ...
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Toxicity of nicotine vs potassium cyanide

I've heard that nicotine (contained in tobacco) is even more toxic than potassium cyanide (KCN, often used for suicide, at least in movies...). I tried to research a bit, but could not find any ...
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Dangers of smoking hookah

In my country, hookah just became insanely popular. Government agencies alongside health organizations mobilized and started to forbid smoking under the pretense that it is as unhealthy as cigarettes, ...
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Can overdoses occur from ingesting nicotine from cigarettes?

Is it possible to overdose on nicotine from cigarettes? How many cigarettes would one have to smoke to reach this point?
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Is Covid-19 spread by exhaled cigarette smoke?

Here in the Basel, Switzerland area there are mask mandates when shopping or taking public transit. Yet every day when I walk to or from the train station, I see dozens of people smoking outside the ...
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can smoking ashwagandha have the same benefit as the power/pill form?

I been reading a lot of positive benefits from ashwagandha lately such as Keeping blood sugar balanced Boosting testosterone levels Reducing level of stress and anxiety Boost brain function Having ...
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Is it dangerous to inhale agar-agar jelly

I want to make hookah aroma made from agar-agar dissolved in vegetable glycerin, aromas and high quality flavored vodka, but from what I heard, agar-agar expands within the stomach and is as well heat-...
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How many people have been instantly killed by smoking?

We all know that cigarettes have killed millions of people, to the extent that just about everyone knows someone who has died from it. Smoking deaths are overwhelmingly medium to long term effects of ...
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Should I tolerate passive smoking? [duplicate]

I have a phobia against tabaco smoke. I constantly try to avoid smoke by holding my breath or distancing myself from smokers. It's a significant stress to me. As well as an inconvenience in social ...
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What are the effects of smoking in the first week of pregnancy?

If I'm 1 week pregnant and I've been smoking everyday since then how did that effect the fetus? And if there's like any damage how can i fix my mistake? 😁😕👀
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Is it normal to experience headache while quitting smoking [closed]

I wanted to quit smoking, (this is the third attempt to do that), I am a 11 years heavy smoker. In the first 4 days, i would smoke just 4 cigarettes a day. Then, I decided to cut cold turkey. Now, ...
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Are there any studies on health effects of smoking once a month or less?

Are there any studies on health effects of smoking once a month or less? There's very little out there on very rare smokers, and as such I've been unable to find any studies along these lines for ...
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Is an unfrequent consumption of a big quantity of cigarettes harmful for my health?

Here is my smoking pattern: I never smoke (I tried younger but I didn't feel any pleasure from it) until I started my new job 3 years ago. This job is highly demanding and stressful at times, so once ...
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Is Smoking Cigars and Pipes the Same as Cigarettes?

My brother-in-law smokes pipes and cigars. He says they're not bad like cigarettes but I thought smoking anything is bad. Is it true that pipes and cigars aren't detrimental to your health like ...
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