Passive Smoking

Passive smoking is known as breathing on other's tobacco smoke. It is also known as secondhand smoke. It increases the risk of having lung cancer, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and heart disease in both adults and children. The common symptoms of passive smoking are coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

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I got my LFT done, and everything is normal except GGTP and SGPT levels. Kindly advice.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old male. My weight is 75 kg and height is 5'11". Two years ago, I was a heavy drinker. But, nowadays I only drink beer once a week for about 6 to 7 pints. My SGOT AND SGPT levels were much higher two years ago. I think they were around 150 to 175. I just got my LFT done b...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The liver function test report looks fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Although slightly elevated liver enzymes could mean slight inflammation, this is well within acceptable limits. There are a few precautions you must observe with complete av...  Read Full »

I get red eyes, headache, and chest pain because of cigarette smoke. Please advice.

Query: Hello doctor, Actually, I am afraid of the high sensitivity of my nose. My head hurts, my eyes become red, I have difficulty in breathing, and I have pain in the chest. All these problems I get because of only cigarette smoke. I get a problem if anyone smokes at a 5 to 10 m distance. So, please give...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not neglect this condition. Smoking can lead to hazardous effects on the respiratory as well as the cardiac system like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, ischemic heart disease, etc. So the following work-up has to be don...  Read Full »

Can SIDS occur in a baby after a single incident of smoking?

Query: Hello doctor, I smoke, and I usually avoid smoking around other people. However, I work at a hospital, and I went outside the hospital, and I lit up a cigarette. I did not notice that there was a woman with a baby, and I stood near them smoking for quite a few seconds. Now I am worried that the bab...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please find my observations below. Second-hand smoke or passive smoking can cause SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) only in infants who are exposed to such smoke regularly and in a closed environment like their house. Your cigarette smoking was an isolated event and ...  Read Full »

Will the toxins from cigarettes be passed on to partners during sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I am really concerned to let a 50 year old guy who smokes cigarettes and marijuana, and drinks every day be sexually intimate with me. He touches me, pokes me with his hands and fingers, puts his tongue in my mouth, ejaculates over me on my skin, etc. If he does all these to me, could h...  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern.  Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. There is a chance of transmission of these toxins to you ...  Read Full »

My 12-year-old daughter is suffering from dry cough for ten days. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 12 years old. She has a dry cough since 10 days. The doctor says that it is rhinitis. Her URT is congested and getting continuous dry coughing. The prescription given is tablet Telekast, spray Nasonex, syrup Chericof and also tab Dompan SR. But, the medicines are not wo...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to With the symptoms you have stated, it looks like your child has an allergic disorder. You can continue the same medications as prescribed by your doctor. Sometimes, cough lingers for a longer time than usually expected. Avoid polluted environment, cigarette smoke (passiv...  Read Full »

Please suggest ways to avoid passive smoking.

Query: Hi doctor, My father is a chain smoker and he smokes inside the house in the bathroom. Our house is pretty small and the smoke easily circulates everywhere. I have advised him many times in many ways not to do it, but he is not listening to me. My concern is not him anymore, but my mother. She was p...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, smoking is injurious to health, both for the smoker as well as the passive smokers. So, it is advisable to avoid smoking as well as to avoid inhalation of passive smoke. Regarding your query, it is not possible to reduce nicotine concentration in passive sm...  Read Full »

What does third-hand smoking mean?

Query: Hi doctor, My question is about third-hand smoke. My husband and I do smoke and we are trying to quit. My daughter-in-law is so concerned about third-hand smoke. We are no longer allowed to see our grandchildren until we have completely quit smoking. We only smoke outside and are down to five cigare...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Third-hand smoke is a newly postulated concept of toxic compounds being formed due to a reaction between nicotine and environmental components forming nitrosamines which are considered as potential carcinogens. To be crisp and specific first hand is smoker, second ha...  Read Full »

How do I make peace with my husband's smoking habit?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband smokes a lot. I am quarreling with him often regarding this issue. I feel so sad and depressed when I see him smoking. My husband gives me assurance that he will quit. But, he is doing the same again. Please help me with this problem and save my family. Everybody says to igno...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Ignoring smoking habit is not a solution and you are being subjected to passive smoking which will hamper your health as well. You should encourage your husband to quit smoking as it possess harm to not only his health, but for others as well who stays along with him. He ...  Read Full »

How will cigarette smoke affect the health of baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My son aged 4 years is allergic, asthmatic, as my father-in-law is chain smokers and smokes in the house, due to this he usually gets sick. Now from the past 11 months, he is continuously (except one or 1.5 weeks in a month) taking nebulizers Bedusal 5 mg. Please tell me about his fut...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You have a strong exacerbating factor (risk factor) for aggregation of an allergic or asthmatic attack. That is smoke in the house. Unless it is removed no medication will be of use for long term health outcome. Parents need to take a call in th...  Read Full »

Will second-hand smoking cause any lung or heart problem?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a male, 23 years old, 5'7". In a recent incident due to work purpose, I had to be present at an open sky place where 5 to 6 persons were smoking cigarette and hookah around me and I was present there for one hour. The place was spacious but when I felt smoke was coming at me I left...  Read Full »

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Second-hand smoking is problematic sometimes but the amount of time you inhaled will probably not have any effect on the lungs. But it can affect if you have to stay with them every day for a couple of hours. Even then a significantly longer period of time is needed lik...  Read Full »

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