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Sore throat after smoking, addicted to smoking

i get a sore throat everytime I smoke a cigarette. I want to stop smoking but its too addictive. I have been smoking for 12 years and I m getting worried about my throat. After smoking one cigarette i get mucus and sore throat, and I gargle with mouth wash and the mucus and sore throat goes away until I smoke again. This never happened before.
Asked On : Wed, 1 Aug 2012
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Addiction Medicine Specialist 's  Response

You have smoked for twelve years, which is a pretty long time. It seems that exposure to smoke over such along period has produced chronic inflammatory changes in your throat, which may predispose to cancer. Hence, you should get yourself examined by an ENT specialist as soon as possible. In addition, you must also consider giving up smoking. If not, at least cut down as much as you can. Avoid being being with people who smoke. Also instead of smoking the entire cigarette, take one or two puffs and then throw it away. Continue regular gargling.

Best wishes.
Answered: Thu, 4 Jul 2013
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