The act of burning a substance and inhaling or tasting the smoke produced.

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Is medical marijuana prescribed to be smoked?

In some jurisdictions, like California, Marijuana is permitted for 'medical use". Its most widespread administration is by smoking Are there doctors prescribing marijuana to be smoked? While I ...
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Do cigarettes emit three times as much particulates as an idling diesel engine?

We can see that cities like Melbourne are pushing far the smoking bans Often smoking is compared to car pollution, and is said to be insignificant But, according to this experiment A turbo ...
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Does fetal tobacco smoke exposure cause permanent harm?

The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development says: However, the evidence from literature on both animals and humans is very convincing: smoking during pregnancy is a contributing factor ...
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Does forcing a young child to smoke a cigarette discourage longer term use?

I have heard that giving your kid a cigarette when they are very little and forcing them to smoke the whole thing will make them have a bad memory of the event and make them less likely to smoke in ...
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Is Champix safe?

There are various reports of people feeling depressed and suicidal having taken Champix. What is the truth about this stop-smoking-pill? The Daily Mail tell the story of a girl who took it and tried ...
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Does smoking cannabis kill 30,000 people per year?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-179264/Cannabis-kills-30-000-year.html Cannabis is as dangerous as cigarette smoking... [...] [C]annabis could be a major contributor to UK ...
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Are E-Cigarettes as unhealthy as conventional cigarettes? [duplicate]

At my community college, a person in a booth was handing out pamphlets talking about the health problems with cigarettes and e-cigarettes. The pamphlet seemed to indicate that e-cigarettes could be as ...
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Is drinking a soda as bad or more harmful than smoking a cigarette?

The claim is easy to find on google, but here are a few specific examples (emphasis added): Soda, which is loaded with sugar primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup, is a leading ...
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Is it more expensive to employ a smoker than a non-smoker?

DN.se Det kostar nära 6.000 dollar (knappt 40.000 kronor) mer per år att ha en rökare anställd än någon som inte röker, visar en studie i USA. Skälet är rökares större sjukfrånvaro, dyrare ...
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Does putting warning on Cigarette packs reduce consumption? [duplicate]

Cigarette packs in various countries contain warnings on them, some of them contain only text, some contain text and pictures that suppose to ditter the user, and the most extreme are Australian packs ...
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Could smoking cause erectile dysfunction?

I was told that smoking 'menthol' cigarettes could cause erectile dysfunction. But I don't know how much of this is true so I wanted to know how much of this is true... Here is an example of the ...
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Does your body suffer one mutation for every 15 cigarettes you smoke?

England's department of health has launched a new, very graphic anti-smoking TV ad (see the BBC STORY). Aside from the graphic imagery it makes the specific claim that a smoker will suffer one ...
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Do workplace smoking bans reduce the number of heart attacks?

There is a lively debate on the health impact of passive smoking (other questions on skeptics.se are here Does passive smoking kill 600,000 people every year? and here Is secondhand smoke dangerous?). ...
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Does passive smoking kill 600,000 people every year?

While reading David Nutt's book on the harms caused by legal and illegal drugs and how to minimise them (Drugs without the hot air), I came across a claim which reminded me of some previous questions ...
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Does one drop of nicotine kill a horse?

There is a popular aphorism in Russia, translated as "one drop of nicotine kills a horse": , which is widely used on the anti-tobacco posters etc. Can 0.05 ml of nicotine really kill a healthy ...
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Do plain packs for cigarettes reduce smoking?

I heard on the news that some countries in the European Union are planning a measure that will force Tobacco companies to use a generic package for their cigarettes (for a debate on the UK proposals ...
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Is there no risk-free level of second hand smoke?

The Surgeon General released a report in 2006 regarding the dangers of secondhand smoke (SHS). One of the claims in the report is: There is NO risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure, with ...
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Did the WHO study show a significant RR of lung cancer, and not a preventative effect?

The WHO released a press release with preliminary finds to the media. After examining the preliminary study, the Telegraph, the Guardian and other newspapers printed articles with headlines like, ...
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Does smoking prevent obesity and diabetes?

In a letter to The Guardian newspaper artist and pro-tobacco campaigner David Hockney suggests that there could be a link between not smoking and being obese or having diabetes. Is there a link ...
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Are electronic cigarettes a better alternative to regular cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes pose as a replacement of cigarettes. It is claimed that they help in quitting smoking. They do come in flavors, and in various levels of nicotine. But, are they less harmful? Do ...
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Does second hand smoke cause cancer?

Related: Does smoking cigarettes cause lung cancer? A friend of mine related today, as shocked as I was to hear it, that he heard that every single study that had ever been conducted on second hand ...
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Do scare tactics in advertising succeed in reducing the number of people who smoke or take illegal drugs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are anti-smoking advertisements actually promoting smoking through use of reverse psychology? Most people agree that tobacco is harmful to health, but many people still ...
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Common additives to cigarettes

I have heard that common cigarette brands add additives to the tobacco in cigarettes (not in the filter) and I've heard many people use this as an excuse that it is safer to grow and roll your own. ...
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Is smoking more damaging to non-smokers who spend a lot of time around a smoker than it is to the actual smoker?

Related: Is secondhand smoke dangerous? ( thanks JoseK ) I've heard this argument many times, the logic being that the smokers body is used to the toxins inside the cigarettes, which leads to ...
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Is nicotine a relatively safe substance?

I've always thought that nicotine has really bad health effects. Interestingly enough, I've found the following statement on the website of one of the major Nicotine Replacement Therapy products ...
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Does smoking under three cigarettes a day prevent addiction?

I heard that if you smoke at most three cigarettes a day you don't get addicted to smoking. A similar idea was introduced in a How I Met Your Mother episode. Is this true?
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Is secondhand smoke dangerous?

There seems to be little doubt in public opinion that second hand smoke is dangerous, and I can see why. But many smokers have claimed to me that it is not dangerous at all and it is all media hype. ...
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Is smoking hookah safer than smoking cigarettes? What about smoking hashish, which I'm not sure is the same thing?

A couple of years ago, at a party, I was invited to partake in some hookah smoking by some friends. Going by memory, I remember the hookah being a ornate metal contraption that somehow "filtered" the ...