Daily Archives: August 2, 2013

Why Cigarette Smoke Makes Flu Worse

Today I have the flu. Luckily I am a non-smoker but I have been sitting here wondering¬†what it must be like for a heavy smoker to get the flu, or for the kids of a heavy smoker. Apparently cigarette smoke and viruses interact to make symptoms worse AND “Smokers have been more likely than non-smokers to die during previous influenza epidemics and are more prone to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Furthermore, children who are exposed to second-hand smoke have more severe responses when infected with respiratory synctial virus.” (whatever that is!) ¬†and smokers seem to have an exaggerated immune […]