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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Does inhalation of plastic smoke cause long term brain damage?

Hi, recently when smoking a tobacco pipe I saw a piece of small plastic, maybe weighing 3-10 grams at max and a very tiny speck of it was in my pipe, it didn t seem to be burnt, but I didn t realize it until after I was done smoking, I repeatedly light it and inhaled over a period of 1-2 mins in brief intervals, and mostly only hitting the pipe 4-5 times, and to make matters worse I held the smoke in, not realizing a small peice of plastic was in there, I feel symptoms of brain fog, however it could be lack of sleep or a placebo, I am worried I might have long term brain damage effects or slight cognitive impairment? What do you think?
Fri, 23 Mar 2018
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Such short term exposure to plastic fumes is not going to cause any adverse health effects. Please don't be worried.

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Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal
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