Smoking causes Buerger’s disease, which can lead to amputations. In Brandon's case, he was 18 when diagnosed. In this podcast, Brandon talks about how having both his legs amputated affects everyday activities, like taking a shower. Created: 3/15/2012 by Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Date Released: 3/15/2012. Series Name: Smoking and Tobacco Use.
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[Brandon] Hey, I’m Brandon. The disease I got from smoking led to me having both of my legs amputated. It’s called Buerger’s disease. It can destroy your skin tissue and lead to infection, gangrene, or worse. So I have a tip in case that happens to you. Take showers instead of baths, and use a shower chair. You’ll find bathtubs are a lot harder to get in and out of when you don’t have legs.
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