M chest feels tight and I keep having coughing spells to where I almost throw up. It gets me real short of breath.. My son has asthma could this be a sign that I have it too.??? What is the best way ...
If you want to kill yourself, you don't even have to smoke. Just stand next to someone who does, each time they go outside for a cigarette. In about a year or so you will be unable to breathe without a respirator and without intensive medical treatment every day, you will die pretty early in life.
This is a lot, no doubt, and 8 years is a long time, but it's different for everyone. Think about it : Some people don't even smoke, but because of second hand smoke, they developped lung cancer anyway, while some others reaching their 80's smoking 2 packs per day like you are fine. The thing here is risk, always. Sometimes you don't have a problem and sometimes you do. If you start to have trouble, then maybe doing something about it might help.
I've been smoking on and off since I was 17, but it's been a pack a day for the last 2 years. I've noticed a LOT of problems I've never had before (colds as a result of a very low immune system, chest congestion, coughing, out of breath very easily).
I would stop immediately. Start slow and cut down, but eventually you must stop. I've watched people die slowly and painfully due to the damage caused by years of smoking. Coughing is your body's way to eliminate toxins from your body. Your body recognizes that something foreign is in your system and it coughs to get it out. You didn't describe the coughs, if they're productive or not, but pretty soon you will have trouble breathing because of ALL of the damage those chemicals have done. A study was done on how many chemicals are in cigarettes - there are over 500. 3 pages worth listing them in really tiny font. That is what ends up killing you slowly.
GET OFF OF THEM NOW!
medically, smoking is counted by the number of "pack" years an individual smokes. it is computed by the number of packs a day multiplied by the number of years he's been smoking, or the number of sticks of cigarettes divided by 20 multiplied by the number of years he's been smoking. Example 1: an individual smokes 2 packs a day for 5 years, 2 packs x 5 years = 10 pack years. Example 2: an individual smokes 5 sticks per day for 10 years, (5 sticks/20) x 10 = 2.5 pack years.
chronic smokers tend to be more prone to lung infections (pneumonia, tuberculosis, bronchitis, etc...) due to the fragility of the lungs. smokers have more fragile lungs due to the continuous damage and repair being done on the cells of the lungs. think of a marble rock that is continuously being exposed to alternating heat and cold. the rock eventually breaks and cannot be repaired anymore.
usually a few weeks of smoking, coupled with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle will cause a change in the respiratory function, but will probably not cause any problems just yet. but maybe after 5 years of a continuous unhealthy lifestyle will cause a very significant change in pulmonary function.
to get more detailed information about this go see your friendly neighborhood pulmonologist.
Depends on the person. Some right away, some never. Your recent increase in colds may be due to other factors, unless you've increased your smoking.
Every single cigarette does you damage, unfortunately. Lungs are like sponges, with millions of tiny air sacs for transferring oxygen. Every breath of cigarette smoke attacks the delicate membranes which separate them, turning the tiny sacs into larger, tar-rimmed holes.
How long can a person smoke before it starts to give them problems? Well, the first drag off your first ever cigarette destroyed tissue in your lungs.
Plus, inhaling smoke floods the blood stream with carbon monoxide. If the red blood cells have CO2 on board then oxygen can't get on for the ride to your brain and all the other cells of the body.
Now it could be years before you "feel" the problems but each breath of cigarette smoke is bad for you.
How long can you smoke b/4 problems? Never, it causes cancer end of story. How long can you eat like a pig before you're fat? Sorry but this is a dumb question. Either you want to smoke or you don't. Obviously if you do smoke you aren't taking care of your body.
cigarette smoke will start affecting you right away- to what degree depends on the person- the genetic make up, strength of immunity and other environmental factors will play a role in how badly and how quickly cigarettes will give you noticeable conditions.
The poisons and chemicals in cigarettes will start to weaken your immune system- if your immune system is already weakened you will be susceptible to stonger allergies, colds and illness a lot sooner than someone who has a stronger immune system. I know someone who smoked for 40 years and never had a problem- he finally quit but because damage had been done during his smoking years, though he has not smoked for more than 10 years now, he may still wind up with repercussions from his habit. On the other hand, I know someone who has only smoked for about 10 years but he has spent the last 6 or so years battling asthma that he never had before he started smoking, colds, increased allergy symptoms, etc. I know several children of smokers who never smoked a day in their life but are constantly exposed to cigarette smoke and are constantly battling colds, asthma and respiratory infections.
Whatever you can do to move towards quitting will be so beneficial to not only you but those around you who do not smoke but are exposed to the second hand smoke.