Respiratory tract infections: Another reason not to smoke

Susan Murin, Kathryn Smith Bilello

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Abstract

Smoking is a risk factor for a number of pulmonary infections, probably because of its adverse effects on respiratory defenses. It is associated with increased morbidity and mortality from pneumonia and influenza, as well as more days lost from work from lesser respiratory infections. Patients who smoke need to be informed about their increased risk of respiratory infections and of the benefits of both being vaccinated and stopping smoking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)916-920
Number of pages5
JournalCleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
Volume72
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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