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How can kicking your smoking habit affect your immunity?

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Smoking makes you more vulnerable to seasonal flus and colds.

Tiny hairs called cilia that line the respiratory tract, including the trachea and bronchial tubes, help protect you.

But one of the toxic effects of cigarette smoke is that it paralyzes the cilia, which erases that protection. That's why smokers have so many more infections.

Within a month of quitting, your cilia start doing their protective role once again.

From: Is Smoking Dragging You Down? WebMD Medical Reference

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Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons: "What surgeons can do to reduce the impact of smoking on surgical outcomes."

Michael Fiore, MD, founder and director, University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention.

Steven Schroeder, MD, director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Andrew Spielman, DMD, PhD, associate dean for academic affairs; professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, NYU College of Dentistry.

Christakis, N.  , May 22, 2008; vol. 358: pp 2249-2258. The New England Journal of Medicine

Joyce Wilde, small-business owner and former smoker, Pittsburgh.

American Lung Association: "Secondhand Smoke."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons: "What surgeons can do to reduce the impact of smoking on surgical outcomes."

Michael Fiore, MD, founder and director, University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention.

Steven Schroeder, MD, director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Andrew Spielman, DMD, PhD, associate dean for academic affairs; professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, NYU College of Dentistry.

Christakis, N.  , May 22, 2008; vol. 358: pp 2249-2258. The New England Journal of Medicine

Joyce Wilde, small-business owner and former smoker, Pittsburgh.

American Lung Association: "Secondhand Smoke."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

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