February 23, 2007, Newsletter Issue #54: Smoking and Tongue Piercings

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Smoking and tongue rings really don't mix. You should avoid smoking directly after getting your tongue pierced, as the tar and other chemicals in the cigarette smoke can cause infection and slow healing.
Additionally, some people may find smoking uncomfortable for their new piercing, as the tongue is very sensitive after having a barbell put through it. At the very least try to stop smoking for a few weeks while the initial healing process is going on.

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