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Smoking - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Smoking means a practice whereby people burn a substance which results in a smoke that can be breathed in, which is tasted and then absorbed into the bloodstream. The most common substance that is smoked is the dried leaves of the tobacco plant, which when rolled up inside a square piece of paper, creates a small round cylinder- called a cigarette.

Smoking is an age old tradition whereby this practice was primarily practiced as a route of administration for recreational drugs. It’s been because the combustion of the dried leaves and herbs vaporizes very fast and can deliver active narcotic substances into the pulmonary system, where they are absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream to reach our brain and other tissues in our body. In the case of cigarette smoking dried tobacco leaf releases aerosol, gasses and needless to say alkaloid nicotine, which, when absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs creates a feeling of satiety. In some cultures all around the world smoking is till used as a part of various traditional rituals , where participants use this practice to enter a trance like state, which some believe lead them to ‘spiritual enlightenment’. Generally any kind of smoking has negative health effects. As smoking poses a threat to various physiological processes, particularly to our cardio-respiratory system. Diseases that occurs out of smoking have shown mortality for approximately half of the long term smokers, when compared to the death rates faced by non-smokers.

Researches do confirm that smoking tobacco, is the most common recreational drug practiced by over one billion people in present times, of whom most are the citizens of the developing countries across the globe. Less common drugs that are smoked are marijuana (cannabis) and opium. Hard narcotic chemicals like heroin and others are also smoked, but their use is limited, as these chemicals are hard to be found commercially. Cigarettes, on the other hand, are manufactured industrially for commercial use, but then again, they can also be hand-rolled using loose tobacco and rolling papers. Some of the other things that are often smoked are pipes, bidis, vaporizers, hookahs and bongs.

In the present times many governments across the world is deterring their citizen from smoking and highlighting on anti-smoking campaigns, stressing on the harmful long-term effects of this age-old practice. Passive smoking, which affects the health of other non-smokers and children in the vicinity of the smokers, is one major reason for enforcement of this smoking ban. Especially in indoor public places, like bars, restaurants, and bars.

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People who smoke have a greater risk of dying from lung cancer. Smoking leads to dry cough and irritation in the throat. Women who smoke during their gestation have greater risks of delivering babies with birth defects. Smoking can lead to erectile dysfunctions. Smoking has greater risks of developing heart ailments and COPD symptoms.

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Smoking - The Process Of Slow Poisoning!

Dr. Vikram Gidwani 94% (57 ratings)
General Physician, Chittorgarh
Smoking - The Process Of Slow Poisoning!
The consumption of tobacco by humans began many years ago and has taken many forms ranging from rolled tobacco leaves and pipes to cigarettes. Smoking is a habit that is easy to start, but is difficult to quit. Smoking has both short term effects such as bad breath, tooth and gum loss, premature ageing and weakened immune system and long term effects that impair the respiratory system and cardiovascular system. Smoking can cause and worsen diseases like cancer of lungs, throat, mouth, kidneys and blood and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Smokers also have a higher risk of conditions such as dementia, cataract, pulmonary fibrosis, psoriasis, osteoporosis and optic neuropathy. Smoking can also affect fertility, cause erectile disorders and speed up the onset of menopause. It is said that a smoker s life expectancy is 10 years less than that of a non-smoker. There are three main components of cigarette smoke that can harm the body. Nicotine: Nicotine is what makes cigarettes addictive and make smoking a habit. In the beginning, it may stimulate the brain but in the long run, your body can begin to crave for nicotine. If this craving is not fulfilled, it can cause irritability, restlessness, headaches and shortened attention span. Tar: Tar in cigarettes contains many harmful chemicals and is deposited in the lungs. From here it enters the blood vessels and is carried to other parts of the body. In many ways, tar is akin to a poison. Carbon monoxide: Carbon monoxide affects the blood s capacity to transport oxygen from the heart to the rest of the body. In the case of pregnant women, carbon monoxide can also reduce the amount of oxygen available to the growing foetus and hence cause complications in pregnancy. Children born to smokers are also said to have an increased risk of suffering from congenital defects and conditions like asthma. The good news is that quitting it is possible and its benefits can be experienced right away. Within the first 72 hours of quitting, the bronchial tubes begin to open up and breathing becomes easier. If you stop smoking before the age of 50, you can reduce your risk of dying from smoking related complications by 50%. The most important part of quitting nicotine is your own determination and willpower. Nicotine replacement therapy in the form of gums, patches, lozenges and inhalers can also help deal with nicotine withdrawal symptoms and make the process easier.
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How Does Smoking effect you?

Dr. Shivani Chaturvedi 89% (40 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Agra
How Does Smoking effect you?
All Pregnant Women should be very careful of Smoking even Second Hand Smoke Too. Alarming findings from the first ever scientific review of 50 years of research in connection between smoking and birth defects is in. From a cleft lip or a cleft palate to creating problems with placenta, low birth weight and even SIDS. Smoking is Dangerous even when someone else is smoking near you.

Smoking - Can It Cause Slip Disc?

Dr. V G Rajan 86% (22 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Orthopaedics (D. Ortho), Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS), Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS)
Orthopedist, Bangalore
Smoking - Can It Cause Slip Disc?
Slip disc is a condition of the spinal column which consists of a stack of vertebras from the cervical, thoracic and the lumbar spine.The bones of the spine are cushioned by discs that are present to absorb shocks. Trauma to the spine may cause the disk to bulge or be ruptured. This may lead to pain in the neck and the back. Causes of slip disc Slip disc is caused when the jelly like substance present in the disks bulges out. The damaged disk thus puts pressure on the adjacent nerve causing excruciating pain. The various causes of a slipped disk are: 1. Incorrect form during exercise: If you are into weight lifting, it is important that you use proper form during exercising. Moves like barbell squat and deadlifts can put pressure on the spine and lead to disc problems, if not done correctly. Make sure you work on your core strength and keep your lower back straight while exercising. 2. Smoking: Smoking causes the discs to lose their flexibility and thus, increases the risk of slipped disk. 3. Ageing: Ageing decreases the content of water in the spine, thus leading to inflexibility. The symptoms of slip disc are: 1. Pain on one side of the body that tends to aggravate over time 2. Activities such as sitting and coughing may lead to pressure on the spine causing pain 3. Your range of motion on certain movements may be restricted 4. Pain in the neck while moving it 5. Numbness in the shoulder and the neck region 6. You may experience tingling sensations in the genitals, hips and the legs 7. You may have muscles spasms which lead to sudden contraction of the muscles 8. It may also lead to partial paralysis of the lower body Prevention 1. If you are overweight, try to reduce weight and then focus on maintaining healthy weight levels 2. Maintain proper posture while sitting or standing 3. Exercise on a regular basis to build strength and keep your joints healthy 4. Don't remain in seated position for an extended period of time. Take small breaks in between to stretch
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Tobacco Cessation - How It Is Beneficial For You

Dr. Ashish Soy 89% (10 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Psychological Medicine
Psychiatrist, Ranchi
Tobacco Cessation - How It Is Beneficial For You
Benefits of tobacco cessation are many. You reduce your risk for hypertension, cancer, cardio-vascular diseases and other serious chronic diseases substantially, at whatever age you quit your nicotine habit. The earlier you quit, the more you benefit. If you quit before the age of 50, you bring down your risk of dying from smoking-related diseases by 50%. But if you ve crossed 60, suffer from heart disease and/or hyper tension, you can manage these diseases better through tobacco cessation. Here are a few other health benefits of stopping tobacco use: Reduces risks of heart disease, cancer especially lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Cuts down risks of Impotence due to erectile dysfunction in men, and fertility problems in women Optic neuropathy affects the optic nerve that conducts visual signals from the eyes to the brain Cataract Macular degeneration is breakdown of the tissue at the back of the eye Psoriasis Gum disease Losing teeth early Osteoporosis or spongy, thin bones Complications in pregnancy i.e. women who smoke have more complications during pregnancy and have low-birth babies. Your food and drink also tastes better once you kick the tobacco habit. So, how can you stop smoking? Are there any medications and strategies available? The answer is a definite Yes . Tobacco cessation has been honed into an art these days. Clinics: There are tobacco cessation clinics that help you with tobacco cessation. These are manned by psychiatrists, who can provide detailed information, encouragement, and tips to stop smoking. Medications: You can use many medicines while you re trying to stop smoking. This increases your chance of quitting and including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). NRT can be in the form of gums, sprays, patches, tablets, lozenges, and inhalers. NRT is even available without a prescription. Medicines called bupropion and varenicline also very useful. Electronic cigarettes: Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are designed to look and feel like normal cigarettes. These contain a heating element that vapourises a solution and looks like smoke. Some may also contain low levels of nicotine. There is currently controversial evidence on their efficacy. Counselling and behavioural therapy: They are both very effective too, especially if you are being guided by a cessation expert. He or she can help you with a personalised quit plan, including ways to cope with nicotine withdrawal. Apart from this, online support is also available for those who don t have the time or money to engage in personal, face-to-face counseling.
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Penis Health and Smoking

Dr. Vinod Raina 94% (4752 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Health and Smoking
Penis health is an issue that should be uppermost in all men's minds, but far too many men fail to give it the attention it deserves - in spite of the fact that all men treasure this most important of organs. Proper penis care includes a range of activities, such as appropriate hygiene and regular penis inspections, but it also includes something that may seem odd: not smoking. Lighting up afterward Everyone is familiar with the classic post-coital routine of a couple enjoying a cigarette as a little coda to their arduous and intense lovemaking. It's in countless movies, books, and TV shows, but it's something that should definitely be eliminated. As has been documented time and time again, smoking is simply bad for the health. For that reason and that reason alone, it should be discouraged; however, there's another reason for stopping tobacco use: it damages the penis. Seriously. Here are some of the ways that smoking damages the penis and negatively affects a man's love life: It may reduce penis size. Numerous studies, including one from Boston University, indicate that smoking can decrease functional penis size. How? Smoking leads to damage to the blood vessels and to penile tissue, which may keep the penis from reaching its maximum potential size. This is especially likely to happen in men who smoke during puberty, when it can have the most lasting damaging impact. It may corrupt the smooth muscle inside the penis. The penis is made up of smooth muscle tissue, which does perform important functions, but which doesn't respond to exercise by "bulking up." Evidence suggests smoking can damage this smooth muscle, which can have a negative consequence in terms of erectile function. It may make erections "looser" and slower. Every guy likes to have a penis that gets hard at the snap of a finger and is intensely firm. A 2011 study from the British Journal of Urology International found that men who did not smoke or stopped smoking had firmer, wider erections and reached arousal much more quickly than men who smoked. It may contribute to erectile dysfunction. In that same 2011 study, a number of participants who smoked stated that they suffered from erectile dysfunction. Among those who subsequently stopped smoking, 75% stated that their erectile issues had cleared up and were no longer a problem, indicating again that smoking negatively impacts sexual performance. Other studies back this up. For example, one study showed that heavy smokers who consume more than 20 cigarettes a day (basically, a pack a day) have a 60% greater risk of developing erectile dysfunction than those who do not smoke. And if a person with high blood pressure also smokes, the risk of erectile dysfunction is 26 times as high. Quitting smoking can be very difficult, so the best way to assure that tobacco use doesn't cause health concerns is to never start; however, for those who do smoke, consulting a doctor or enrolling in an effective smoking cessation program is crucial. Giving up smoking is only one part of an appropriate penis health routine, of course. In addition to the previously mentioned good hygiene and regular penis examinations, consistent use of a superior penis nutrient cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) should be part of every man's penis health regimen. The best creams will include a wide range of nutrients, including: vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production and penile tissue firmness; the enzyme L-arginine, which helps produce nitrous oxide and therefore aids in penile blood vessel relaxation and blood flow; and acetyl L carnitine, which plays a role in preventing peripheral penis nerve injury that can diminish penis sensitivity.
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Popular Questions & Answers

My belly fat @ tummy has been increased plus I drink regularly almost 1 NIP and smoke too. Now I want to quit all of this and want to reduce my weight and detox my body. Kindly help me my age is 25 and weight around 75- 80 kg. Suggest me some medicine to reduce weight and increase stamina. And some workout also.

Dr. Shalini Singhal 94% (731 ratings)
Ph.D ; M.Sc Foods & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
To start with avoid simple sugars as far as possible like sugar, jaggery, honey, sweets, candies, chocolates, cold drinks etc. 'Eat Out' less, avoid junk and have good quantity of fresh foods which are not processed like fruits, vegetables, soups, salads, nuts, low fat milk, curd etc. Gradually, focus on higher protein intake, lower fat and restrict carbohydrates to high fibre foods only. Combine these dietary changes with 1 hour play/walk / exercise. If you need us to help you with proper customised Diet plans for weight loss, you can opt for our online program or contact us through Lybrate' private consult'

I am 19 years old and I am addicted to smoking from last 4 years and I am tired of it now. So I want to get rid of it. For this I need some councillor or a good doctor who can help me. If meditation is necessary I am ready for it. Waiting for reply.

Homeopath, Dehradun
Willingness is the only thing that can help you, will power comes after that. There are many medicines available in the market claimed to lessen your craving for smoking. But I will suggest you do it by yourself, it will give to great self confidence and you will move forward in life with a positive attitude to achieve your goals.

Hi, I am married for almost a year now. We have been trying to conceive since day 1 of marriage. We have not been able to successfully conceive. I am overweight by 20 kgs. I smoke 10 ciggerrates a day. Will I ever be able to make my wife conceive. I am thinking of visiting a doctor. How to chose a right doctor.

Dr. K.D Nayar 93% (646 ratings)
MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, DGO, Dip.Obst.(Ireland), FICOG
IVF Specialist, Delhi
You need to stop smoking and reduce weight. But along with that you need to visit a good fertility specialist to get you semen examination done.

I am a regular smoker nd have a dry cough from last 4 months. I want to lve a smoking also please help me out for ths.

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 86% (23906 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Only your willpower can stop smoking . If you chew NICORETTE GUM WHEN YOU feel like smoking, you will feel the craving is reduced . WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE SMOKING, CHEW GUMS AN EAT AN APPLE OR ANY FOOD

I want to remove cigarette tar I smoke daily what should I do for removing the tar from my body and I want to loose my fat sometimes my chest pains from left hand side what should I do? Suggest me.

Dr. Rohit Kothari 88% (50 ratings)
Psychiatrist, Panchkula
Hello chest pain may be due to any heart problem and smoking may be a reason for it. Stopping smoking will also reduce tar stains and eventually you will be free from it. There are many ways by which smoking can be controlled without having withdrawal. Its difficult to leave on your own and constant motivation and guidance can help you. Consult physician and psychiatrist for it. For any further problem you can contact. Best wishes.
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Smoking And Bone Health - How Are They Related?

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Can Smoking Affect Your Heart?

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Good morning, mera naam Dr Amol Bamane hai aur main Ayurveda ka founder hoon. Aj main aapko asthma ke bare mein information dene wala hoon. Uska causes, uske symptoms, aur uske kuch home remedies bhi mai dene wala hoon. First of all, asthma kya hain, ye air intake jo hum lete hai, lungs mein humare jo trachea rehta hai, woh contract ho jata hai, aur use air aane mein, lungs mein, pareshaani ho jaati hai. To uske wajah se asthma ho jaata hai. Toh iska symptoms hain- Breathlessness Pressure on chest Cough Yeh 3 symptoms hai asthma ke. Uske causes mainly 2 types hotey hai:- Allergic asthma Non-allergic asthma. Allergic asthma mein dust hai, smoke hain, drugs hai, pollution hai. Toh yeh factors uske liye causes hai. Non-allergic asthma k causes hai, fear, anxiety, stress, excessive consumption of processed food. Toh yeh saare causes hai non- allergic asthma ke liye. Asthma ke liye, home remedies bhi hai, jese ki: Aap saucer li jiye, mix kijiye aur ek kapre mein leke aap inhale kijiye isko, toh isse bhi aapko aaram mil jayga. Seeds lijiye aur usko 1 litre paani mein aap ubaliye 30 mins tak, aur liquid chhan ke lijiye aap. Uske baad us liquid mein 2 spoon aap ginger paste daaliye. Ginger paste daalne ke baad, usme aap 1 teaspoon honey daaliye. Aur yeh aap din mein 1 glass, ek baar jo yeh hai, glass mein paani, woh liquid, toh yeh aap lijiye. Yeh asthma ke liye bahuti achha hain, laabh dayak hai. Aap do chamach gooseberry liiye. Usse aap karsh ki jiye ache se, usme aap 1 chamach honey daaliye aur yeh aap din mein 1 baar lijiye aur issye bhi aapko asthma se bahut hi achha result mil jayga. Is Vishay mein adhiktam jaankari ke liye aap se hume sampark kar sakte hain, online consult bhi kar sakte hain.
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