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Smoking - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Smoking? More about Smoking :

What is Smoking?

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.

More about Smoking :

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.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am a active smoker, and even if I make my mind to quit, I easily adapt an alternate. Tips on how to quit smoking independently is all I could ask!

General Physician, Ahmedabad
Strong willpower only help if you want to quit independently. After quitting you will feel some uneasiness discomfort, headache,bodyache etc. But it will last within few days. For more tips you can consult me on private.

Hello. I have quite smoking from last one month and I developed some chest pain on right side and it's been more than 2 weeks the feel mild pain in night time and when I get up rest whole day it's fine. I have sinus also. Is it fine or do I have to take some treatment?

M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG, CCCS ( CARDIOLOGY & STROKE)
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
It's ok. Just get vitamins checked and revert me reports when completed. Will guide you then after it.

I am a chronic smoker. I do know there is lots of nicotine on my lungs. I will give up smoking. You let me know what is the best med. To wash of the nicotine on the lungs.

M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG, CCCS ( CARDIOLOGY & STROKE)
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
Stop smoking by strong will power. Nicotine patch can assist you. Tab. Derphylline as bronchodilator.
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He is not showing interest in eating and he can survive for more than 24 hours without food. Je is having drinking and smoking habit. Please suggest me something.

Diploma in Anesthesia, MBBS
General Physician, Hyderabad
He will be requiring counselling and de-adiction. Meanwhile show him plenty of affection and love. Do not condemn him but try to analyse why he prefers to be under the influence of alcohol. There could be some suppressed guilt/ anger making him to...

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Its been proven without doubt that smoking is the most important cause of chronic bronchitis. Quitting smoking even if it is very late in the disease has definite benefits. It improves further detiroration of fev1 and improves breathless.

All You Must Know About E-Cigarettes!

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E-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes are a device that runs on a battery that emits vaporized nicotine for you to inhale. Instead of vaporized nicotine, some models contain a non-nicotine solution. E-cigarettes are aimed at people looking to expe...
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Some Tips To Take Care Of Your Nose!

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Some Tips To Take Care Of Your Nose!
1. Avoid use carpets (to reduce exposure to allergens) 2. Clean your house regularly and prevent dust accumulation on objects. 3. Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke. 4. Maintain a daily nasal cleaning routine (nasal douching/ Jal neti) with a sal...
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Quitting Smoking - Know Everything About It!

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Quitting Smoking - Know Everything About It!
Ready to Quit? Then Expect this! Withdrawal Symptoms: Be aware that the withdrawal symptoms may begin as soon as four hours after the last cigarette, generally peak in intensity at three to five days, and disappear after two weeks. Withdrawal Symp...
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Stop Smoking For A Better Tomorrow!

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A number of factors may increase your risk of lung cancer. Some risk factors can be controlled, for instance, by quitting smoking. Other like family history or environmental factors can t be controlled. Smoking is the number one risk factor for lu...
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