What might complicate it?
Cancer, lung, and heart disease are some of the major illnesses resulting from exposure to tobacco products. Smokers are also believed to be more susceptible to minor respiratory illness such as viral infection. Both asthma and allergies are exacerbated by exposure to smoke.
Today, in addition to lung cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and stroke, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, smoking has been linked to:
Researchers have estimated that smoking cuts an average of 10 years off a person's life expectancy, even with advances in prevention and treatment of the various diseases associated with smoking. However, by quitting early these “lost” years can be regained. A person who quits at age 35 can live as long as nonsmokers, according to recent studies.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Cancer of the cervix, kidney, pancreas, stomach, bladder, esophagus, larynx and throat
- Gum disease
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
The diagnosis is made by history and is usually obvious.
Psychiatrist, psychologist, and internist.
Last updated 12 July 2015