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Respiratory Effects

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This is the way having emphysema makes me feel: take a deep breath, blow out 20%, walk around holding the rest in forever.  Do you like to shop for new clothes? For me it is like running track while getting dressed, only you have to stop 3 or 4 times before you finish. It changes your whole life, nothing remains the same! Jan

Special Note:  Jan has now received a lung transplant and is doing very well!

Source: www.emphysema.net

Drug abuse can lead to a variety of respiratory problems. Smoking cigarettes, for example, has been shown to cause bronchitis, emphysema and lung cancer. Marijuana smoke may also cause respiratory problems. The use of some drugs may also cause breathing to slow, block air from entering the lungs or exacerbate asthma symptoms.

Drugs that can affect the respiratory system:

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National Institute of Drug Abuse (December 14 2012). Respiratory Effects. In Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/medical-consequences-drug-abuse/respiratory-effects

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