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 What causes young people to start smoking?
I'm just curious as to what could possibly cause junior high/ high school students to start smoking. Especially with all of the information out there.
So... why?...

 If i smoked weed on friday and saturday will it show up on a test i took tonight?
I have been drinking close to a gallon of water a day, and i have been excercising a lot and sweating like crazy. I also took some cleanse pills i got from rite aid which made my pee like neon yellow....

 a question for asthmatics....?
I am doing a case on asthma this week and I just wondered if you can kindly share some info about your conditon with me please? I am interested to know....

how old were you when you were ...

 I quit smoking 10 weeks ago and am still coughing up gross dark flem... Should I be worried?
I smoked since I was 16.... I am 34 now......

 diagnose my symptoms please?
i have a fever of 102
i have a horrible headache
my stomach hurts on the lower right side
i have horrible chills
i have the worst sore throat i have ever had
my tonsils are ...

 Is it true if you poke where your ribs near lungs you'll stop breathing?
My Freind told me if you poke it youR ribs where your lungs are then you can stop breathing. Now Im scared to sleep on my side and stuff....

 My chest kind of hurts and I'm coughing up lots of blood it's pretty late should I go see a doctor?
All day I've been coughing up LOTS of blood. My chest feels kind of funny and I really need help? Should I see a after hours doctor? My blood is pretty dark. Please help immediatly!...

 If you are around second hand weed smoke but you don't smoke will you still drop a dirty?

 is smoking weed a good idea?
me and my best mate are thinking of trying weed but i dont know if its a good idea... any ...

 My *hicup* keyboard won't *hicup* stop hicupping, What *hicup* can I do about*hicup* it?*hicup*Its annoying!

 Am I wrong for smoking weed?
So I smoke weed. I have been a smoker for about ten years and not once have I ever been caught with or smoking it. I keep it to myself. In fact, I have many friends, and only about ten percent of ...

 How bad is weed for you?
How bad is it actually for you? Is it really five times worse than cigarettes? And also is there a way that makes it easier on ur lungs (aka better for you) like maybe smoking it out of a pipe ...

 Cigarrettes-Lung Cancer?
I have been having a lot of chest pain and coughing lately. This has been going on for about a month. I am just now going to the doctor. I am 19 and started smoking when I was 13. From 13-17 I ...

 Is pneumonia contagious?

 how can i tune my body into needing less sleep,is it possible to have 4 hrs sleep and still feel awake?

 is it healthier to smoke really weak cigarettes?
i recently switched to smoking cigarettes with 0.1mg tar and 0.1mg nicotene.

this should make it healthier or not? and less addictive?
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but if the amount of ...

 urinary tract infection?
what is urinary tract infection?give me some ...

 wants to smoke pot. any tips?
I really want to try smoking weed. My friend is getting some free from he's friend. ive never tried smoking cigarettes either so im really new to all this.. shud i smoke before pot?
My ...

 Should i go to school when i have Bronchitis?
I went to the Doctor today and he said i had Bronchitis. He gave me some antibiotics, but i was wondering if i should go to school for the next few days of not? Also, is Bronchitis contagious?

 Should I got to the emergency room for this?
I was diagnosed yesterday with simmers ear. They gave me ear drops, and I have been using them exactly how they said to. However, when I put the ear drops in I experience sever pain and each time I ...

I'm a smoker , and i have a question.....?
I have smoked for about 12 years(i'm 27) and lately i have had chest congestion and coughing up yellow stuff, i have been short of breath and now tonight it hurts when i breathe. I know I know, duh, quit smoking and problem solved. Well it isn't that easy. So could this be pnemonia? I think i'm too young and have'nt been smoking enough or too long to have emphysema. I only smoke about 8 cigs Any insight anyone?
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Thats 8 cigarettes a day btw.


If I were you, I would make an appointment with my doctor. I'm chewing nicorette gum right now. It helps me a lot.

Honey my 13year old niece has enphsyma due to second hand smoke from her father smoking all her life around her. So don't think that just because you are young you can't get it. If you stop smoking now you still have a good chance of not ever getting it. But if you are worried about getting go to the DR and get a check up

First, I would go see a doctor, if you don't have one go to a walk in clinic, if one is not nearby go to an emergency room. Second, consult that doctor about quiting. This could be something anywhere from a cold to something worse like heart related or a chronic breathing issue, like emphysema. Chest pain and breathing difficulty are two of the most common symptoms of cardiac issues and chronic respiratory diseases. PLEASE go see someone.

Jena Isle
Have a chest x ray to know what are inside your lungs.

It sounds as though you have a chest infection and if you don't see a doctor and get some antibiotics it could develop into pneumonia. I had the same symptoms a few weeks ago in India and ended up sick due to the pollution...not because I smoked too many cigs

clear morning
hello i too, I'm going through the same like stuff that yellow stuff is good to cough up that's what they call phem and helps get rid of whats in your lung and more you get rid of the faster you will feel better.

M. O
It sounds like you might have pneumonia. Here is a great website on it. It tells about the different kinds and the symptoms. Make sure you see a doctor regardless though so that you can be treated properly for whatever you do have. Good luck and try to quit the smoking :)


burning brightly
I think you have bronchitis this is in your bronchial tubes and can usually be cured with a simple prescription from a doctor it is even more certain to be this if you have intense coughing in the evening right on night time.

Dave S
It's definitely lung problem. It can be pneumonia or worst Bronchitis.

If you didn't get this from smoking 8 cigs a day, you might have gotten this somewhere.

Smoking can just aggravate the problem or slow the recovery. Help yourself by stoping smoking for a while.

Take dozes of Vitamin C. To go against further infection.

Best of all seek doctor's advise. Have your spit checked in the lab.

get it checked, you are never too young. my aunt had emphysema when she was 25, and not a real heavy smoker. could be pneumonia, which should also be checked. i know it's hard to quit-i smoked for 11 years, just up & quit cold turkey. lost my grandma, aunt, soon my other aunt(the one who had emphysema at 25) to lung cancer- and now my husband has cancer-not lung but just as well. that and knowing that i didn't want to leave my kids without a mom for cigarettes. gets easier day by day. sometimes i think i'm gonna break down & buy some,but then i step back for a minute, look at my little boys & it puts everything into perspective. I hope everythings ok & good luck when you decide to quit!

You are smoking enough to cause emphysema. And there's no such thing as too young. Cigarettes are extremely poisonous, containing 43 known carcinogens among a staggering amount of other chemical additives. I know quitting is difficult, but it's not impossible. And your life isn't worth a smoke.

See source for full list chemical additives in cigarettes.

Sarah E
No matter what you think you might have if you are having pains when you breathe then you need to see a doctor. There is a number of things that it could be. But also be ready for them to tell you to quit smoking.

Yes it could be something like pneumonia but being short of breath and having chest pain means you need to see the doc ASAP. Shortness of breath and chest pain should not be ignored. You are never to young to have problems related to smoking but right now you have something serious going on so go to your urgent care or ER and get this checked out.

Timothy C
What happens when you smoke,
there are little things in your throat called mircovili, normally they all move in a wave to propel mucous out of your lungs and down into your stomach, when you smoke they stop working which mean excess mucous is sent into your lungs, in the mucous is trapped all sorts of infectious organisms that your body would otherwise naturally get rid of or tolerate in the stomach. Your lungs can't take them, you feel pain because there is a infection, you cough up mucous, (yellow stuff) because it is not supposed to be there in the quantity that you have.

Suggestions, quitting smoking is #1, but if you can't drink lots of water, it should help the mucous go down into your stomach.

Smoking hasn't helped the situation, but usually yellow sputum is a sign of infection, green is a sign of bronchitis. Shortness of breath and chest pain are typical symptoms of both. Is it pneumonia?? Only a chest x-ray can diagnose that. Patients with pneumonia and bronchitis complain of both of those symptoms so you need to see a doctor for a definative diagnosis and effective antibiotic treatment. I know it's hard, but try to cut back on the smoking even if you are only smoking 8 a day. Emphysema is characterized by shortness of breath all the time, not necessarily yellow sputum, but like the other person answering said, anyone can get it, even by 2nd hand smoke. It is also characterized by a "barrel" shaped chest. Use a cool mist humidifier in your room to ease breathing and it will help loosen the congestion so you can cough it up easier. Use an expectorant cough syrup to also loosen congestion. Drink plenty of fluids to thin the secretions and ease getting it up. I hope you feel better soon.

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