Everybody catches a cold or the flu, that can’t be avoided. But smokers catch them more, and there are a few reasons for that.
I always notice the smokers at work getting sick more times that I do. It’s all year round, too, not just during the winter months.
I always chuckle to myself saying, “Are you clueless? Why do you think you’re sick?”
Smokers are unhealthy, for one. Smoking a pack of cigarettes a day can’t be good for you, but everybody knows that. They’re just too addicted to care.
They don’t necessarily eat 5-course meals everyday, either, because they’re too busy finding time to smoke. Of course this isn’t every single person, but as a generalization, it’s true.
They might even get sick in the summertime, when illnesses are at their lowest peak, yet they are still sick.
You can get sick all year round, because viruses still float around, it’s just that in the winter months, people are congregated closer together, so your chances become greater.
Have you ever been to the bar multiple days in a row, chain smoking and drinking? Have you ever gotten ill because of that? I have.
I’ve gotten sick many times from hanging out in bars, when I knew I should’ve been at home. Then I am down on myself for going out, and so the cycle of negativity continues.
If I would’ve just been smart and not gone out to begin with, instead of multiple days in a row, I’d be a happier person.
My body obviously couldn’t take it anymore.
Smoking lowers your immune system.
When you inhale, it goes through your mouth and through your nose. All the smoke that is lingering in the air gets inhaled through your nose, whether you want to believe it or not.
There are hairs in your nose that prevent bad foreign substances from entering the lungs. Same with your throat.
The lining of your trachea consists of hairs called cilia, and smoking paralyzes them.
If the cilia are paralyzed, then foreign substances can easily enter the lungs, and that includes the toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke.
It also decreases oxygen flow through your body.
Just imagine all that smoke inside your lungs. Did you know that 90% of what you inhale does NOT get exhaled? That means that you exhale only 10% of each drag of a cigarette.
That is scary!
This is what causes a persistent cough, because your body is trying to expel the phlegm from your lungs.
Smokers are more susceptible to viruses floating around their environment and in the air.
People who don’t smoke have strong cilia and nose hairs, and are able to withstand foreign substances more easily. They could even go years without getting sick.
Do you know people like that? Are you jealous of them?
I was sick all the time. I was sick a few times a year.
It was never the common cold or a 24 hour bug. I was always bedridden for a week, and calling in sick to work.
Smokers know they potentially could become sick a few times a year because of their nasty habit. Unfortunately, nicotine is too powerful to make that a viable option for people to quit.
Therefore, they’ll just accept the consequences and deal with it.
You would think that would be reason enough to quit, but nicotine always wins. Once you feel better, the cravings come back.
Nicotine tricks people.
It certainly doesn’t make you feel better than before. It makes you THINK you will feel better after smoking, but that is never the case. You’ll always feel sluggish.
Because there is so much smoke left in your lungs that’s not exhaled. It makes sense. If your lungs are clogged all the time with smoke and phlegm, then you’re going to feel terrible, and this is when illness strikes.
Quit smoking and you’ll reduce your chances of getting sick.
In fact, even if you do become ill (like we all do), it may be less severe than if you were a smoker. It might just go away in a day.
I can attest to this being absolutely true. I get sick just like all the rest of you, but more times than not, the illness is weak and pathetic, and it goes away in a day or less.
I have an occasional bad cold, but not nearly as bad as they used to be when I was a smoker.
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
But you’ll never find out until you experience the sensation of quitting smoking. That’s for certain.
How did you quit smoking? I need to quit. Its so hard.. i switched to the vape but am still smoking too.. i want to be off both of them for GOOD.. i HAVe been smoking for about 20 years now.. and that alone is bad enough
. But the worst part is im only 32! I need to quit! I 2 kids and 3 step.. one of my step kids has a kid of her own now and i need to be around for a long time to he with my grandkids and kids..
Go check out my video on Youtube about quitting smoking using E-cigs. I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to it a lot.
I’ll have you know I’ve been smoking for about 8 years now and I haven’t been really sick in 2,5 years. I don’t count getting a cold however since it doesn’t really make you feel sick and i have a feeling smoking might actually make you more susceptible to the cold for some reason. In fact my lifestyle is so unhealthy ( sleep very late, eat unhealthy foods, smoke weed) i should get sick all the time, yet i don’t. Probably because either i am very lucky or scientists are wrong. i wonder which it is… statistical anomaly (very possible but not very likely) , or science is wrong, basically same thing, the human body is so complicated we don’t yet fully understand all of its functions and needs.. This is why i find it very presumptuous that they act like we already know.
I’ll have you know that an exception to the rule does no prove the rule is wrong. My brother can drink tons of alcohol and be absolutely fine and seem sober – that doesn’t mean the claims about too much alcohol making you look like an idiot are untrue.
Patricia hayes says
I got a couch that was infested with cigarette smoke. Two days after getting it I started getting a cold. Could it be making me feel this way? My head is stuffed up and I have a cough and I’m sneezing a lot.
I highly doubt you caught a cold from a couch, but you might be allergic to tobacco smoke. That would cause the sneezing. But if the sneezing is because you have a cold, that’s just merely a coincidence.
Smokers get sick more often because they compromise their immune systems and congregate together in crowds outside (or even inside). Viruses flourish in that environment.