How does carbon monoxide hurt smokers?
Excerpted from A Very Well Mind
“A pack a day smoker can have a 3% to 6% carboxyhemoglobin level in the blood – the binding of carbon monoxide to the blood — two packs a day, 6% to 10%, and three packs a day, as much as 20%.
The health effects of CO saturation in the blood above 1% can cause detectable physical symptoms, such as:
- Increased heart rate between 1% to 5%.
- Reduced tolerance for exercise between 2% to 15%.
- Headache and visual distortions can occur at high levels of CO saturation – between 15% to 20%.
Can Smoking Cause Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Yes, it is possible to suffer CO poisoning from cigarette smoking if a large number of cigarettes are smoked in quick succession in an enclosed space. In one documented extreme case, a woman made a trip to the emergency room at her local hospital because she felt dizzy and had a headache.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE