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Pain in the chest when smoking tobacco

02/07/2008

Question:

why do I get the following symptoms ONLY AFTER smoking tobacco and not after smoking marihuana, or after doing any other type of physical activities? Symptoms are: a pain that starts in the center of the chest and eventually spreads to the back, which lasts for a few hours, with even intensity, not altered when breathing, with no presence of cough or mucus or fever.

Answer:

About tobacco induced chest pain.

Unfortunately I can't comment on your specific symptoms since I don't know your history and I've not examined you. I will say, though, that chest pain is a very worrisome symptom. I WOULD SEE YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.

As to the reason that tobacco smoke causes it. In addition to nicotine, tobacco smoke has 4000 distinct chemical constituents. One or more of them are injuring your lungs.

Your body is sending you a message. Listen.

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Response by:

Rob  Crane, MD Rob Crane, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University