Smoking While Being Treated For Tuberculosis?

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Hello, I’m a (new) lung and intestinal TB sufferer. no cough symptoms etc. My current treatment period is 9 months (it’s only been 1 month). 40 days ago I just had an appendectomy too. 40 days also I have quit smoking (previously I was a heavy smoker). The question is: can I stop smoking gradually? Can I smoke only 3 cigarettes a day? because suddenly having to quit smoking makes me stressed, if smoking interferes with my TB treatment? thanks.

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Hello Andi, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

Smoking itself does not directly interfere with the tuberculosis treatment process. Smoking will cause disturbances and changes in the cells in your airway, causing the body's defense system (immune system) in the airways to become weaker and become more susceptible to infection. The toxins contained in cigarettes can also accumulate in various organs in the body (not only in the lungs) and cause disorders such as:

mood disorders, anxiety, irritability
visual disturbances
disorders of the teeth and mouth and taste of the tongue
increase blood pressure
interfere with the body's immune system in general
increased risk of cancer (not only lung, but also cancer elsewhere)
increases the risk of heart disease and stroke
increases the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
cause disturbances in libido, including erection problems in men
and much more

Reducing smoking is the first step you can take to quit smoking. For now, if you are just trying to quit smoking, you may smoke only 3 cigarettes a day. Then you can start reducing the cigarettes that you smoke to 2 cigarettes a day, 1 cigarette a day, until you don't smoke at all.


The following are articles that you can read about how to effectively quit smoking and 13 steps to quit smoking.

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