If you are a smoker or know a heavy smoker, you have probably often wondered why smokers cough so much. There is a physical and scientific reason behind all of the coughing that smokers do, and we will do our best to explain it to you below so that you can have a better understanding of this phenomenon.
Understand that a smoker’s cough will go away as soon as you finally quit. It is only going to stay with you a short while longer as your body clears out all of the excess phlegm and gunk buildup from smoking. But smokers coughs always dissipate once the habit is finally kicked for good so do not think that you have to live with this cough forever because it will finally disappear.
Why Do Smokers Cough so Much?
Believe it or not, the explanation is going to be a lot simpler than you may think.
Smokers cough regularly and often because they are clogging up their lungs. When a person coughs, they often do so because they are trying to clear the passage of air into their lungs. We cough to keep our airways clear so that we can breathe cleanly and freely.
By smoking, you are clogging up your air passages, so the direct response from the lungs in the human body is to cough up so that you can clear out the carbon monoxide from your body.
There’s nothing you can do about it as long as you keep smoking. Your body is always going to react this way. It is always going to try to clear the carbon monoxide from your lungs. It is always going to try to keep the airways clear so that your body can breathe freely. So this is something that you are going to have to learn to live with as a smoker if it has just started happening to you.
Another reason why smokers cough regularly is because cigarettes build up a tremendous amount of phlegm within the lungs. And this phlegm is also going to block the air passages, and the natural response of the body is to clear it out so that you can breathe cleanly.
If your lungs are filled up with a massive amount of phlegm, which is often what happens to most smokers, then they are going to develop a hacking cough. This hacking cough is there because it is trying to release the phlegm from the lungs and clear the air passages. This again is a natural human response to clogged airways. If you quit smoking, the airways will eventually clear, the phlegm will disappear and the lungs will eventually become restored to their previous state.
Recent research tells us that a smoker’s cough has negative detrimental potential effects. It can lead to COPD, otherwise known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We used to call it emphysema.
In order to avoid this terrible fate, we recommend that you quit smoking right away. COPD is no laughing matter and neither is lung cancer. So take your health seriously and quit smoking now.