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Can second hand smoking cause sore throat, swollen glands and clogged nose?

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Can second hand smoking cause sore throat, swollen glands and clogged nose?

Postby buadhachan » Fri May 03, 2013 7:05 pm

I've just moved into a student dorm 1 and a half months ago, and i've been having a lot of problems with cold symptoms ever since, many mornings i wake up with swollen glands and can't breathe through my nose, it usually goes away later in the day. I have been searching my room for drafts but couldn't find any. We have a common living room and almost all my roommates smoke in there a lot. Do you guys think the smoking can cause it?

Because of the smoking the window is always open, but there's no draft. Sometimes we hang out for hours and hours and they all smoke a lot during those hours, and I've been wondering if the combination of hours of second hand smoking, and a constant open window is causing this?

Also do you guys think this is some form of allergy or a disease?

PS. maybe once a year I get a real cold for 1 week, and I never get this one-day-cold where it's returning several times a week for over a month.
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Can second hand smoking cause sore throat, swollen glands and clogged nose?

Postby berthold100 » Fri May 03, 2013 7:06 pm

------------- The Largest study on Second Hand Smoke ever done by Enstrom
“No significant associations were found for current or former exposure to environmental tobacco smoke before or after adjusting for seven confounders and before or after excluding participants with pre-existing disease. No significant associations were found during the shorter follow up periods of 1960-5, 1966-72, 1973-85, and 1973-98.”

“Enstrom has defended the accuracy of his study against what he terms ‘illegitimate criticism by those who have attempted to suppress and discredit it.’". (Wikipedia)

------ Court rules that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is NOT a Class A carcinogen
“There is evidence in the record supporting the accusation that EPA ‘cherry picked’ its data” … “EPA's excluding nearly half of the available studies directly conflicts with EPA's purported purpose for analyzing the epidemiological studies and conflicts with EPA's Risk Assessment Guidelines” (p. 72)

-------- OSHA will NOT regulate something that’s NOT hazardous
“Air contaminants, limits employee exposure to several of the main chemical components found in tobacco smoke. In normal situations, exposures would not exceed these permissible exposure limits (PELs), and, as a matter of prosecutorial discretion, OSHA will not apply the General Duty Clause to ETS.”

Study about health & Smoking Bans – The National Bureau of Economic Research
“Workplace bans are not associated with statistically significant short-term declines in mortality or hospital admissions for myocardial infarction or other diseases.”

“Conclusions: Our results indicate no association between childhood exposure to ETS(environmental tobacco smoke) and lung cancer risk.”

Showtime television, "How the EPA, CDC, Lung Association, and etc." support their claims.
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Can second hand smoking cause sore throat, swollen glands and clogged nose?

Postby hakim » Fri May 03, 2013 7:21 pm

sorry, but I can't understand any of that stuff. was kinda hoping for some experienced feedback, not a science book on tobacco :D but thanks.
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Can second hand smoking cause sore throat, swollen glands and clogged nose?

Postby richardo » Fri May 03, 2013 7:22 pm

There's a really good chance it's from the smoke, I roomed with a smoker for 2 years in college and definitely noticed some health effects like your describing, the symptoms went away after I left. If it bothers you I would change rooms or ask them to smoke somewhere else (but they might not go for that idea).
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