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Old 01-08-2009, 12:13 AM   #21
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I get headaches and bloodshot eyes if I breath in too much second hand smoke. It can't be good for me.

With all of the evidence pointing towards the many health problems caused by smoking and second hand smoke, I'm constantly amazed when people argue that it's a freedom to smoke in public indoor buildings (bars included). I live in Dallas and I never thought I'd see the day when they banned smoking in bars here....but come April 1st, you won't be able to smoke in them here.....THANK GOD! Now I can have a beer in a bar without smelling like an ashtray when I get home.
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:12 AM   #22
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I have allergic reactions to cigarette smoke, too -- nausea, pounding headaches, itchy eyes, stuffed-up head, general blech. Hate the stuff.

I suspect that it's possible, though not terribly common, for fever to be a symptom of allergy, since they're both involved in immune response. Another possibility is... lack of sleep. When I used to pull all-nighters in college and grad school, I'd run a fever the next day (or days, until I got sufficient sleep). It was usually low-grade, about 100 degrees F or so. Never chills, just a fever, and pretty constant until I got the sleep I needed. I still have problems with regulating body temperature when I'm going without sleep, but it's not as prominent as it was in college (probably because I generally take better care of myself now).

When you go to see your bro, are your sleep patterns disrupted?

Probably, though, you're just getting sick because of the travel and smoke.
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I have allergic reactions to cigarette smoke, too -- nausea, pounding headaches, itchy eyes, stuffed-up head, general blech. Hate the stuff.

I suspect that it's possible, though not terribly common, for fever to be a symptom of allergy, since they're both involved in immune response. Another possibility is... lack of sleep. When I used to pull all-nighters in college and grad school, I'd run a fever the next day (or days, until I got sufficient sleep). It was usually low-grade, about 100 degrees F or so. Never chills, just a fever, and pretty constant until I got the sleep I needed. I still have problems with regulating body temperature when I'm going without sleep, but it's not as prominent as it was in college (probably because I generally take better care of myself now).

When you go to see your bro, are your sleep patterns disrupted?

Probably, though, you're just getting sick because of the travel and smoke.
Uh, yeah, guilty as charged. We are up til 2 a.m. or so (my brother likes to party, and he is a lot of fun, so....twist my arm....). So, you make a valid point. I imagine it is all of the factors thrown together.

That's interesting about the lack of sleep causing you to run a low grade fever.
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I am not unsympathetic to smokers who want to stop but have addiction-like hooks to cigarettes. But I must admit I take a perverse sense of justice when I travel and see the smokers locked into a plexiglass smokers' cage in the terminal. At least I don't have to inhale it.
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I was in one of those rooms, Rich, right before my 14 hour flight to New Zealand in 2004. It seemed pretty stupid at the time, but I did it any way. I'm very glad to have quit for good shortly after that.
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Ever since I was a little kid, smoke made me sick -- which was a problem since my parents both smoked (though my dad eventually quit -- and he was the one who died of cancer, go figure).

That made it pretty unlikely I'd ever be tempted to try it...
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Sorry but I never did get it. Why anyone would want to set tobacco on fire and suck it into their lungs is just beyond me.
It does sound totally ridiculous, doesn't it? It is one of the dumbest things that I ever did. If I ever get any type of cancer at any age, I will blame myself. I must admit that I also did several other dumb things in my youth. Come to think of it, I am so lucky that I made it through my late teens and early 20's.

Wish I had been as smart as you.
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I may not have done that but if you have a few hours I can tell you all about the other dumb things I did.
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Why Not just tell them?
We smoke, but when we have Non Somkers Visit or Socialize? We Don't and respect their Situation..

We have a Electronic Air Cleaner with our Furnance as well..

We don't go to Bars or Rest. that allow smoking and We have a Garage and use that as our smoking area anyway...with the Door Open....when they visit and stay longer than a couple of hours..

IF they repect you, they will make the necessary accomidations..
If not? Guess what they think of you? and how selfish they are..
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Why Not just tell them?
We smoke, but when we have Non Somkers Visit or Socialize? We Don't and respect their Situation..

We have a Electronic Air Cleaner with our Furnance as well..

We don't go to Bars or Rest. that allow smoking and We have a Garage and use that as our smoking area anyway...with the Door Open....when they visit and stay longer than a couple of hours..

IF they repect you, they will make the necessary accomidations..
If not? Guess what they think of you? and how selfish they are..
Oh, they know - but my brother just built a new bar in his basement, and he thought he had it well ventilated enough (window open, fan) the first night. I wasn't sure it was enough ventilation, and I didn't want to "ruin the party" (New Year's Eve), so I took my chances. Well, when I came down sick again, we realized it wasn't enough ventilation. So, the next night he had everyone go to the other side of the basement (separate room) and smoke, blowing out into the window. That was much better, but I think the damage had already been done the first night.

Honestly, they really aren't selfish. They just really didn't fully comprehend how sensitive I am to the smoke, I guess. Even I didn't realize it fully myself until this last trip.
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