First-hand Smoke

First-hand smoke is the smoke inhaled by the tobacco smoker itself. It causes adverse health effects. It consists of harmful chemicals and carcinogens like nicotine, benzene, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, lead, ammonia, etc. These have deleterious health effects. It affects nearly every organ and reduces the lifespan of an individual. Tobacco smoke can cause lung cancer, oropharyngeal cancer, heart attack, and stroke. Apart from lung cancer, it causes various lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, etc. In addition, this smoke is known to cause premature births and infertility issues.

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How can I quit smoking without using medicine or nicotine gums?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to quit smoking. Everyday something happens which makes me smoke another stick. I am sick of smoking but nothing is helping me out. I have already tried meditation to do some exercise and all but in the end, I cannot control and again I start smoking. I am not willing to have a...  Read Full »

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Answer: Hi, Welcome to See smoking comes under the addiction to nicotine. Addiction has multifactorial etiology, for example, peer pressure, family history, personality factor, maladaptive way to deal with stressors, underlying anxiety, and depression. As far as treatment is concerned which i...  Read Full »

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