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Are you allowed to donate blood if you're a smoker?

Are you allowed to donate blood if you're a smoker? Topic: How to get answers for science homework
June 24, 2019 / By Boaz
Question: I want to register to make regular blood donations, seems silly not to do something that will hardly affect me but will make such a difference to someone else. But I smoke about 10 cigarettes a day, will this affect this? (Please no advice to 'quit smoking', I want to and have been trying to for ages and have cut down a great deal but sadly I have rubbish willpower and it isn't that easy for me.) Thanks everyone (but one) for your answers, I've sent off the application form! Mystery - please don't be so be so belligerent. It was just a simple question; it amuses me how you always get immature little kids on here desperate to pick an argument even with the most innocent of questions. Oh, and if you think smoking only affects your lungs then I suggest you go and do a little bit of science homework before you attempt to sound intelligent.
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Acklea Acklea | 1 day ago
At our donation site, yes you can donate. But things are changing in the near future so I'm not sure. The only thing is, after you donate blood, you'll have to go with out smoking for the rest of the day. You may get light headed if you smoke too soon after. P.S. this is for blood that will be used at hospitals, not blood that you are paid to donate for other medical services.
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Acklea Originally Answered: Why can't gay people donate blood?
The FDA, particularly the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), has recently voted to maintain an indefinite deferral for any male-sex-male (MSM) that has occurred, even once, since 1977. However, the American Red Cross and America's Blood Centers have recommended decreasing the deferral period to one year from last contact. A similar change was just enacted in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, many do not understand the rationale behind the deferral guidelines. CDC data has consistently identified MSM as a significant risk factor for transfusion-transmissible diseases, especially Hepatitis B and HIV. As with other high risk activity, the guidelines are in place to protect not only the recipients of blood components, but also the collection, testing and nursing staff of blood centers and hospitals. While some consider this discrimination, it is in reality a response to epidemiological data. Current blood donation screening using HIV Nucleic Acid testing (PCR) may detect viral RNA as early as 7-10 days post-exposure. HIV antibody testing, used in conjunction with NAT, can detect infection after 12-21 days post-exposure. It is this "window period', the time between infection and detection, that the FDA is concerned about. Though window-period donations are rare, the first case of post-transfusion HIV since 2002 was recently reported in the publication listed below: CDC "Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report" October 22, 2010 / 59(41);1335-1339 Specifics on the donor indicate unreported MSM activity over many years. Until pathogen inactivation technology has been perfected to treat donated blood components for transfusion-transmissible diseases, donor questionnaires and screening tests provide the best chance for a safe blood supply Please see the FDA link below for FAQ concerning MSM. http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccine...

Staci Staci
This Site Might Help You. RE: Are you allowed to donate blood if you're a smoker? I want to register to make regular blood donations, seems silly not to do something that will hardly affect me but will make such a difference to someone else. But I smoke about 10 cigarettes a day, will this affect this? (Please no advice to 'quit smoking', I want to and have been trying to for...
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Priscilla Priscilla
Yes you can donate blood if you are a smoker. Go ahead and register and start doing something good for others! Good for you.
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May May
Although your haemoglobin is not as good as a person who doesn't smoke but as far as I know you can donate blood
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Laurelle Laurelle
Ooh, that's a good question! I'll bet you could... They may ask that you not smoke for that day or something... I'm not sure! Sorry!
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Laurelle Originally Answered: How long does your hair have to be to donate to LOCKS OF LOVE?
HOW TO DONATE 10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece. Hair must be in a ponytail or braid before it is cut. Hair must be clean and completely dry before it is mailed in. Place the ponytail or braid inside of a plastic bag, and then inside of a padded envelope. If you wish to receive our personalized thank-you card, please fill out the hair donation form, or write your name and address on a full size separate sheet of paper and include inside the envelope. We cannot acknowledge donors who do not send their name and address according to these instructions. All hair donations must be mailed to Locks of Love at: 234 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33405 Thank you!

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