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The Effects of Carbon Monoxide From Cigarette Smoking

How does carbon monoxide hurt smokers?

Excerpted from A Very Well Mind


Updated August 31, 2018

“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

Vaping eliminates tobacco combustion and is one option some smokers find make it easier to quit smoking. Don’t start vaping if you don’t already smoke.  Vaping products contain nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.

2018-09-15T01:37:14+00:00September 15th, 2018|Quit Smoking, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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