Second-hand Smoke

The smoke emitted from the burning cigarette and the smoker's airway during smoking is known as second-hand smoke. This smoke consists of various carcinogenic toxic chemicals. Inhalation of this smoke, even in small amounts, tends to cause heart diseases, stroke, problems with blood vessels, lung diseases, and cancer. In infants, it causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In small children, it can cause ear and lung infections. Banning smoking in public places and avoiding smoking within the house can prevent such dreadful diseases in nonsmokers.

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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 icliniq.com. 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 »

What are the effects of getting exposed to second-hand smoke after LASIK?

Query: Hi doctor,I had LASIK three days ago and was exposed to some secondhand smoke last night. Could this be an issue other than dry eye? Please explain.  Read Full »


Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do not worry. This smoke will not have any bad effect on your eye except some irritation and watering for some time. You may continue using medicines as prescribed by your doctor. For further doubts consult an eye care ophthalmologist online -->https://www.i...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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