Respiratory tract infections: Another reason not to smoke
Susan Murin, MD, MSc
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California at Davis School of Medicine; Veterans Administration Northern California Health Care System, Sacramento
Kathryn Smith Bilello, MD
Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco at Fresno and University Medical Center, Fresno
Address: Susan Murin, MD, MSc, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California, Davis Medical Center, 4150 V Street, Suite 3400, Sacramento, CA 95817
ABSTRACTSmoking 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.