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If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« on: December 30, 2012, 05:50:28 PM »
It has been almost 3 months now, roll-up free. So I wondered....

If a Doctor (Dentist, A&E or other medical professional) asked you if you smoke, what would you say to them?

I think I'd be happy to say NO and still be able to look him in the eye. I might say No, but then add I do vape (but only if pushed).

Would that be dishonest?

What would you say?

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Re: If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2012, 05:56:33 PM »
the answer would clearly be ... NO

BUT ...

if you feel you would like to trust your doctor to make accurate diagnostics, then it would surely make sense to alert him/her to your vaping habit or nicotine intake.

ALSO ...

you could void any insurance policy by not revealing anything that should be revealed while applying for insurances.

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If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2012, 06:15:30 PM »
If I am asked if I smoke cigarettes I answer "no" and leave it at that ;)

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Re: If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2012, 06:18:54 PM »
i don't understand why anyone would seek to mislead or economise on truth to their own Doctor ... ??? ... why not just stay home and not visit him or her in the first place ... ::)

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Re: If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2012, 06:24:52 PM »
That's a very good point about insurance itsmeitis, something I hadn't considered.

Since switching to vaping, most people (including my parents) assume I've given up smoking and keep congratulating me on my achievement. But in my heart of hearts, I know I haven't and have no intention of giving up. I've just replaced smoking for vaping.

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If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2012, 06:26:39 PM »
If I see a dr its for a specific reason. I am very cautious about what I put down on the endless stack of forms I always receive at the office. I am open about vaping with my doctors and they have always been very supportive of it - even been allowed to vape in the per surgery and post surgery rooms on several occasions. On the paperwork I am asked if I smoke and I put down NO.

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Re: If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2012, 06:27:11 PM »
I know I haven't and have no intention of giving up. I've just replaced smoking for vaping.

i'm not quite saying that though ... i quit smoking ... but ... i do vape ... to my mind, that makes me a permanent none smoker but still with a drug habit ... that drug being nicotine.

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Re: If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2012, 06:37:29 PM »
Some insurances in Germany see vaping equal with smoking in their policies.

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Re: If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2012, 06:44:06 PM »
Some insurances in Germany see vaping equal with smoking in their policies.

could seem ludicrous ... but factor in how some vapers might intend on misleading even their own Doctor, and perhaps insurance companies have their point ... ::)

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Re: If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2012, 06:48:01 PM »
We should not be expected to connect the dots to the costly insurance companies who ( at least in America ) who try to find any reason to not cover their customers whenever possible. If in their paperwork they asked if I consumed nicotine I would answer "yes" but as long as they ask if smoke my response will be "no".

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Re: If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2012, 06:50:59 PM »
We should not be expected to connect the dots to the costly insurance companies who ( at least in America ) who try to find any reason to not cover their customers whenever possible. If in their paperwork they asked if I consumed nicotine I would answer "yes" but as long as they ask if smoke my response will be "no".

"anything you think we need to know" kind of has their arse covered ... probably why they entered this crucial all encompassing question as part of the application was due to economical truths of past ...

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Re: If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2012, 06:53:42 PM »
Well I don't feel "they need to know"  :P

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Re: If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2012, 06:54:45 PM »
Its funny you have posted this as I was thinking about the conversation I was having when I went to the hypertension clinic it went like this --

Nurse-  Are you still smoking ?
Me -  Well yes and no I smoke but don't put baccy in my mouth and light it, I use battery and liquid instead ,
 (Quizzical look from nurse) ???
Me - Well I suppose you would call it an e cig
Nurse - Ah so its nicotine replacement so I can put you as non smoker
Me- Well yes with flavouring in.
(Nurse pauses with finger hovering still not sure) You have stopped
Me - Well you tell me have I?
Nurse Ohh I haven't come across this before,I don't know, I have to ask someone, leave that with me.

 I thought it was quite funny and I did show her my ego with carto on
I hate to think what she would of thought of the L/t with vivi nova on!!!!
 But fair do`s to her she was very interested as she wants her hubby to stop smoking !!! ;D


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Re: If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2012, 06:54:50 PM »
Well I don't feel "they need to know"  :P

nor do they ... makes it much easier when they refuse to pay out ... or prosecute, where the case may be ... ;)

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Re: If a Doctor asked you if you smoke?
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2012, 06:58:11 PM »
Me -  Well yes and no I smoke but don't put baccy in my mouth and light it, I use battery and liquid instead ,

sounds like you're even more confused than they are ... lol