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Why do people who smoke a lot have holes in their throats, that's the purpose?

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If one has had their voice box removed, they will have a permanent stoma to breathe through. They need this because the connection between their windpipe and mouth has gone. The stoma is called a tracheostomy or laryngectomy stoma. A breathing stoma is a hole (opening) made in the skin in front of the neck to allow you to breathe. The opening is at the base of their neck. Through this hole, air enters and leaves their windpipe (trachea) and lungs. One may need a stoma if their mouth or oropharyngeal cancer is blocking their throat and it is too big to completely remove, or if they have swelling in and around their voice box after radiotherapy. These situations are most likely to happen with very large tumours of the tongue and oropharynx.

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Wow!!! Thx a bunch. I appreciate that you took the time to type all this.
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You're very welcome. My aunt had a stoma, and I always felt so bad for her, even though her smoking caused it.
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Sorry to hear that. Take care. Pease.
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bleeding_lullaby

It's a stoma. It's there to get rid of extra bodily waste ( smoke ) I guess.

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Yea, but what is if for?
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Oh. Ok
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To breathe.
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The chemicals cause damage to the throat. The tube breathes for them.

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The holes are so that they can breathe.

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I would say the chemicals that are inside of it, are poison and cause bad damage to your throat. The doctor probably has to cut the infected area of your throat out. Which is very gross.
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These people have had cancer of the larynx and have had to have life saving surgery. The larynx and often parts of the esophagus and tongue have been removed. These folks must breath through a stoma (the hole) and often have to eat through a tube. This is most often caused by smoking.

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Definitely a horrible truth. There is nothing worse then removing someone's tongue, jaw and throat because they spent years smoking or chewing tobacco.
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can that happen if you smoke weed.? because weeds natural.?
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Dang that sucks!!!
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No this cannot happen with weed, at least I don't think so, because it didn't have the chemicals cigaretts have.
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You are smoking unfiltered leaves. Tobacco is also a dried leaf. Tobacco has been processed a great deal and had chemicals and flavor additives as well. I do not know if there are definitive medical studies that PROVE if pot is more dangerous or less dangerous than tobacco smoke strictly from a long term cancer stand point. I will try to find out. I would think it would be reasonable to assume smoking pot would cause lung damage simply because you are inhaling smoke deeply and holding it. It would be similar to breathing heavily polluted air. I will have to find out about carcinogens.
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"Natural" doesn't mean something isn't dangerous. Heroin and cocaine are natural. Arsenic is too.
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joshuabagel

It's so they can smoke through it

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Haha nasty
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cancer

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ik i just saw a commercial where a woman had hers taken out its scary -____-

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That's why I asked. I saw tht too. She was bald. Ewww
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KekeBoo_143

Sure

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because they smoked like a diesel, and their parts died, or were cut away, or cancer, virus's....lots of reason's to have one. it's sad.

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Kinda, they did it to themselves
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Others are correct about the stoma being present due to cancer. Trauma can also the same thing especially if someone has a tracheotomy.

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