It is not uncommon for people who smoke to develop a chronic cough, particularly long-term smokers. It is their body’s way of trying to clear out the chemicals that enter the lungs and the airways from their use of tobacco. In order for a cough to be considered a chronic ‘smoker’s cough’, it needs to persist for more than 3 weeks.
Although a cough sounds harmless, and merely a bi product of smoking, it is cause for complaint from a lot of smokers and can lead to serious health issues that can be fatal. In fact, Public Health England stated that around 25,000 deaths each year are attributable to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a group of lung conditions that often begin as, or are mistaken for, a smoker’s cough.
The Symptoms of a Smoker’s Cough
The symptoms of a smoker’s cough can vary, especially in its early and later stages. In the initial time period that you experience this cough, it tends to be dry and uncomfortable. The longer you use tobacco, you begin to produce phlegm that may be white, yellow-green, blood-tinged or colourless; it can differ for different people.
Other symptoms that often occur alongside a smoker’s cough is chest pain, shortness of breath, a sore throat, and a distinctive crackling sound when breathing, making it distinguishable from other types of coughs or illnesses.
The cough is also usually much worse and irritating in the morning, but gradually improves throughout the day. This is due to the fact that the cilia – the little respiratory hairs that move debris from the airways – are able to function again as you haven’t smoked in the hours that you have slept, therefore triggering your body’s response to cough.
There are various things that can be done to treat a smoker’s cough and prevent it from worsening, or that can temper your symptoms.
The cause of a smoker’s cough is the build-up of tar in the respiratory system that cannot be dislodged. We are sympathetic to the fact that, for long-term smokers, quitting can be incredibly difficult and may cause undesirable side effects that you want to avoid.
How Cigarette Filters are Able to Prevent a Smoker's Cough
By smoking a cigarette through a cigarette filter, this can filter out tar, preventing high levels from entering your body and into your lungs. Our ANTITAR cigarette filter does just that and, as a result, your cilia do not have to work as hard to remove the tar and debris from your airways, therefore reducing your smoker’s cough and other symptoms.
Another benefit of using our cigarette filter is that, by reducing the levels of tar that enter your body, this can improve your lung function as the amount of chemicals you ingest become more manageable, therefore improving your overall health.
On an even more positive note, using our filters and limiting the tar in your body could diminish your body’s reliance on the chemical, which may result in helping you cut back on the amount of cigarettes that you smoke on a daily basis, and maybe even quitting altogether.
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