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    #46
    e-cigarettes are just as bad for you (due to the nicotine) as regular cigarettes, just with less of the tar that you get with cigarettes. The nicotine is responsible for the cardiovascular damage from smoking, as well as the chemical of smoking that significantly increases your risks for pressure ulcers if you have a SCI.

    More and more evidence is coming out about this, and e-cigarettes are now being banned for use in most areas that prohibit smoking (such as hospitals, restaurants, etc.).

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-li...s/faq-20057776

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...n_4323231.html

    http://www.fhcrc.org/en/news/center-...ig-debate.html

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #47
      Originally posted by bethanyjoy1 View Post
      I was wondering if my quitting smoking could have been a factor in causing the spinal stroke I had in December 2009?
      Risk of stroke starts to go down when you stop, but not to zero. If you had quit sooner may have avoided it.
      http://zagam.net/

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        #48
        Originally posted by zepac View Post
        What bad can pot do?
        Lots if you smoke it. Heating it makes it more mind bending. Not heating it makes it mellow and medicine.

        Living without on junk pharma as illegal and out of touch with supplier.
        http://zagam.net/

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          #49
          Anything can be addicting smoking tobacco, pot, crack cocaine whatever.
          Until the studies come out that says what pot is recommended for and not....I'm not a fan
          Ive seen it help people in hospice with nausea, the edibles but even the doctor who recommended it didn't know how much to recommend to the family/ patient. I had a patient who was totally addicted, angry, mean, used it to help with his social anxiety and total escapism.

          pbr
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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            #50
            So using chewing tobacco for two hours a day is too much for a quad?

            It just seems everything has been taken away from me already..
            "Life's a Party and Your Not Invited"

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              #51
              Any use of tobacco products is bad for you, regardless if you have a SCI or not. Chewing tobacco and snuff use is highly correlated with oral and throat cancer (baseball great Tony Gwynn died from this...he regretted chewing during his career and worked hard to get the word out as he was dying). Nicotine, in any form, constricts your blood vessels in your heart and skin as well, and makes you more likely to have pressure ulcers. So this includes smoking, chewing, dipping, and vaping.

              (KLD)
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                #52
                Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                Any use of tobacco products is bad for you, regardless if you have a SCI or not. Chewing tobacco and snuff use is highly correlated with oral and throat cancer (baseball great Tony Gwynn died from this...he regretted chewing during his career and worked hard to get the word out as he was dying). Nicotine, in any form, constricts your blood vessels in your heart and skin as well, and makes you more likely to have pressure ulcers. So this includes smoking, chewing, dipping, and vaping.

                (KLD)
                Okay thanks for the reply. I guess, another thing bites the dust.
                "Life's a Party and Your Not Invited"

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                  #53
                  I regret smoking more than my 1 and a half nelson. That is I never completed the half kids, busted C5. Anyway I started in H.S. at 16 to be cool. I kinda quit in 2000, just sneaked 1 here and there. 1 a month.
                  Well as it is now my chance of ever having cigarette again are as likely as walking.

                  One month ago my mom who had a few intestinal surgeries to improve blood flow came out of the last one that changed her life.
                  I went to the hospital to visit her and she was smoking a straw. She was thinking it was a cigarette. I ask the nurse what meds was she on. Well none that would cause this behavior. She knew who I was but wasn't making sense. We had hoped it was from the long ambulance ride or a UTI. Well unfortunately she now has Vascular dementia and will be living in this shit hole nursing home the rest of her life. She's smoked since a teen and is 78 years old. I am devastated. This is just terrible. She had a good life line. Her dad was 88 and mom 92 when they passed away. I believe in 50 years smoking should be almost non existent.
                  Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.
                  Bob Seger

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                    #54
                    I quit nicotine products when I was injured. Not able to vape or dip or chew in when I was in the hospital for surgeries made it a good time to quit. Easy enough to go cold turkey when you are on opiates in the hospital room trying to figure out what your life is gonna be like lol. Might as well stay quit afterwards. I feel much better not using nicotine. Nicotine addiction controls your life, makes you have to step outside to get a fix, etc.
                    complete t6. injured skiing nov 2017.

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                      #55
                      Wow! I knew it wasn't good for you. Now I understand why in the last 2 years I've broke; both of my femurs, one of which was a compound fracture requiring surgery, my Tibia and Fibula which required surgery, a bladder stone surgery that wouldn't heal, and now two nasty pressure sores that are taking a long time to heal! My doctor's tell me smoking is bad but they never really spoke to me like that video! I am on my 2nd day of being smoke free and now after seeing that video, I'm sure I'll be able to finally kick the habit once and for all!! Thanks for posting it!!

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                        #56
                        When I went in for a flap surgery eval, the first question from the surgeon was if I smoked or not. If I did he wouldn't take me on as a patient due to the failure rate in smokers.

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                          #57
                          My SO quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey the day of his injury! He had smoked over 10 years already. Being stuck in the hospital sure helped jump-start it. We read that it can hinder spinal fusion, so he didn't pick it back up again. Although right now, he's finding cannabis extremely helpful!
                          Last edited by sweettangerine; 10 Jul 2019, 1:43 PM.

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                            #58
                            Originally posted by sweettangerine View Post
                            My SO quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey the day of his injury! He had smoked over 10 years already. Being stuck in the hospital sure helped jump-start it. We read that it can hinder spinal fusion, so he didn't pick it back up again. Although right now, he's finding cannabis extremely helpful!
                            I agree I smoke 37 years and the day I broke neck cold turkey but being asleep for basic a week on a vent help but I do not recommend it:}

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