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Can smoking make my colds worse?

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Smokers get more colds than non-smokers. Their symptoms are also worse and they last longer. Smoking damages cells in your lungs, which makes it harder for you to fight off a cold. If you're sick, don't smoke -- and don't let anyone around you do it.

From: Are You Making Your Cold Worse? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "True or False: Being Exposed to Wet Cold Weather Increases the Risk of Infection."

Carnegie Mellon University: "How Stress Influences Disease."

Cohen, S.   icine; Jan. 12, 2009. Archives of Internal Med

FamilyDoctor.org: "Colds and the Flu: Treatment."

Harvard Medical School: "Sleep and Health."

Murin, S.  , October 2005. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Alcohol and the Immune System" and "Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Federal Occupational Health: Let's Talk: Stress Can Make Your Body Say Uncle."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "True or False: Being Exposed to Wet Cold Weather Increases the Risk of Infection."

Carnegie Mellon University: "How Stress Influences Disease."

Cohen, S.   icine; Jan. 12, 2009. Archives of Internal Med

FamilyDoctor.org: "Colds and the Flu: Treatment."

Harvard Medical School: "Sleep and Health."

Murin, S.  , October 2005. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Alcohol and the Immune System" and "Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Federal Occupational Health: Let's Talk: Stress Can Make Your Body Say Uncle."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 11, 2017

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