Sore throat around smokers?

0098386

Suspended
Original poster
Jan 18, 2005
21,552
2,886
I've finally nailed it. After 7 years no less! I've been a sufferer of terrible sore throats and can be a good prediction if I'm about to get a bad cold. but! it's cigarette smoke that causes my sore throats... it must be.

I'm exposed to tobacco smoke about once or twice a year. My mates (barring 1) don't smoke, I don't go into pubs/bars etc. The UK, or at least my local council are sticking no smoking signs everywhere. So it's good. y'know?

A mate of mine has been up in Scotland for the past few months and took up smoking whilst there. He came back and started smoking in his brothers car. I'm dead against the stuff but he wouldn't stop smoking, my impressions of him as a friend really changed. Next day I woke up with a terrible sore throat! we go out in the car again and he smokes once more, even though I told him about it.

Anyone else get this? Please say so, haha. I don't want to feel alone here with my feeble, cotton wool-ed throat :(
 
  • Like
Reactions: Scepticalscribe

Foxglove9

macrumors 68000
Jan 14, 2006
1,567
173
New York City
I lived with a heavy smoker for 20 years and worked with heavy smokers for 8 years during that time. I also had bad asthma and sore throats all the time. However I've been smoke free for 10 years now and can't even go near the smell of tobacco without my throat locking up on me. So I do agree with you.

One of the best things to happen in New York is when they banned smoking in public establishments (restaurants, bars, clubs, etc..).
 
  • Like
Reactions: Scepticalscribe

xsedrinam

macrumors 601
Oct 21, 2004
4,348
1
It's still debated, but there are studies which show the negative arterial impact from continual exposure to secondary smoke can be as much as 40% of that in a smoker. So throat and respiratory side affects are not surprising.
 

0098386

Suspended
Original poster
Jan 18, 2005
21,552
2,886
The funny thing... and I probably should have mentioned before is that I still avoid most of the smoke. All the windows in the car were opened and it's very windy up here.

Could I be allergic to tobacco smoke? Or is that not possible? It's just even the slightest bit of smoke sets me off.

testament to how bad this is - I went to bed at about 4am. I'm up at 6am with my throat feeling like its closing up :mad:
 
  • Like
Reactions: Scepticalscribe

Foxglove9

macrumors 68000
Jan 14, 2006
1,567
173
New York City
raggedjimmi said:
The funny thing... and I probably should have mentioned before is that I still avoid most of the smoke. All the windows in the car were opened and it's very windy up here.

Could I be allergic to tobacco smoke? Or is that not possible? It's just even the slightest bit of smoke sets me off.

testament to how bad this is - I went to bed at about 4am. I'm up at 6am with my throat feeling like its closing up :mad:
Sounds more like a virus to me. I get those once or twice a year. Always the sore throat, but not smoke related.
 

Chundles

macrumors G4
Jul 4, 2005
11,983
364
Well, I'm glad they're getting rid of smoking in the pubs down here. 5 years ago when I came home from a night out my clothes would stink to high heaven, my hair stank, everything just reeked of smoke. And my throat would be sore, really sore - I'm not a loud yelling drunk so it was never that, I'd have a sore throat from a quiet night in a pub.

Now, that smoking in pubs is heavily restricted I come home smelling fine, my clothes are basically fresh, my hair is clean and my throat is fine.
 

elisha cuthbert

macrumors 6502a
Feb 25, 2006
666
0
Melbourne
my clothes always reek of smoke because my dad smokes so ill aways smell like it, but i only smoke when im in clothes that wont smell like smoke after I have
 

Glen Quagmire

macrumors 6502a
Jan 6, 2006
512
0
UK
Same here. When I first went to university and was exposed to smoking, my throat reacted in the same way. It's not so bad now, it's the smell (eww) that gets to me most now.
 

Temujin

macrumors 6502a
Oct 1, 2005
905
2
Copenhagen
I'm a smoker and sure I get a sore throat when smoking too many, sometimes even a few.
Once in a while, when I wake up, the first thing I do is go to the bathroom and cough up a nice ball of snot and slime (yeah I know I REALLY have to stop soon).

I think most people experience the similar discomforts you are describing.
 

billy@

macrumors newbie
Jul 3, 2017
1
0
The funny thing... and I probably should have mentioned before is that I still avoid most of the smoke. All the windows in the car were opened and it's very windy up here.

Could I be allergic to tobacco smoke? Or is that not possible? It's just even the slightest bit of smoke sets me off.

testament to how bad this is - I went to bed at about 4am. I'm up at 6am with my throat feeling like its closing up :mad:

I have this problem too. Glad to know that I am not alone. In fact I even get fever sometimes because of the sore throat.

I wish people realised that this was a serious issue, specially indoors. It is just so suffocating and painful. I wish public smoking rules were strict in the place I live.
 

Number-Six

macrumors 6502
Jul 25, 2013
387
1,018
I have this problem too. Glad to know that I am not alone. In fact I even get fever sometimes because of the sore throat.

I wish people realised that this was a serious issue, specially indoors. It is just so suffocating and painful. I wish public smoking rules were strict in the place I live.
Congratulations, this is probably the oldest thread revival in the history of thread revivals :D
 
  • Like
Reactions: 0098386

Plutonius

macrumors 604
Feb 22, 2003
7,990
6,203
New Hampshire, USA
I have this problem too. Glad to know that I am not alone. In fact I even get fever sometimes because of the sore throat.

I wish people realised that this was a serious issue, specially indoors. It is just so suffocating and painful. I wish public smoking rules were strict in the place I live.
Smoking affects your sinus's which can cause a sore throat (post nasal drip).
 
  • Like
Reactions: Scepticalscribe

kazmac

macrumors G3
Mar 24, 2010
8,002
5,601
Any place but here or there....
Try instant sinus flare ups around pot smokers even if they aren't smoking at the moment and worse, a burnt tongue (ewww). Thank goodness I have a couple of natural tricks to thwart this.

I am allergic to all types of smoking, but pot is the worst. So, OP you are not alone. I know what it is like to have a physical reaction to smoke exposure. I am glad you found out what is triggering your sore throats.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Scepticalscribe

Scepticalscribe

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Jul 29, 2008
46,631
31,304
The Far Horizon
I've finally nailed it. After 7 years no less! I've been a sufferer of terrible sore throats and can be a good prediction if I'm about to get a bad cold. but! it's cigarette smoke that causes my sore throats... it must be.

I'm exposed to tobacco smoke about once or twice a year. My mates (barring 1) don't smoke, I don't go into pubs/bars etc. The UK, or at least my local council are sticking no smoking signs everywhere. So it's good. y'know?

A mate of mine has been up in Scotland for the past few months and took up smoking whilst there. He came back and started smoking in his brothers car. I'm dead against the stuff but he wouldn't stop smoking, my impressions of him as a friend really changed. Next day I woke up with a terrible sore throat! we go out in the car again and he smokes once more, even though I told him about it.

Anyone else get this? Please say so, haha. I don't want to feel alone here with my feeble, cotton wool-ed throat :(
Yes.
I lived with a heavy smoker for 20 years and worked with heavy smokers for 8 years during that time. I also had bad asthma and sore throats all the time. However I've been smoke free for 10 years now and can't even go near the smell of tobacco without my throat locking up on me. So I do agree with you.

One of the best things to happen in New York is when they banned smoking in public establishments (restaurants, bars, clubs, etc..).
Agreed, I loathe the smell of tobacco.

Same reaction here... you are not the only one.:eek:
No, agreed, you are not.

The funny thing... and I probably should have mentioned before is that I still avoid most of the smoke. All the windows in the car were opened and it's very windy up here.

Could I be allergic to tobacco smoke? Or is that not possible? It's just even the slightest bit of smoke sets me off.

testament to how bad this is - I went to bed at about 4am. I'm up at 6am with my throat feeling like its closing up :mad:
Yes, you could be allergic to tobacco smoke. I am.

All I need is someone lighting up at the far end of a room, and I am coughing, with stuffed sinuses.

Smoking affects your sinus's which can cause a sore throat (post nasal drip).
I have suffered from that; strict no smoking rules apply anywhere I live or work.

Try instant sinus flare ups around pot smokers even if they aren't smoking at the moment and worse, a burnt tongue (ewww). Thank goodness I have a couple of natural tricks to thwart this.

I am allergic to all types of smoking, but pot is the worst. So, OP you are not alone. I know what it is like to have a physical reaction to smoke exposure. I am glad you found out what is triggering your sore throats.
Ah, at last!

Someone else who suffers from this and gets what a horrible thing exposure to pot can be.

I loathe pot.

Indeed, the two worst sinus attacks I ever had in my life were at parties where people smoked pot (over twenty years ago). I had to flee, seeking refuge in the kitchen, where I spent the evening coughing, wheezing, and blowing my nose into those massive rolls of kitchen tissue as ordinary tissue was useless for the sheer volume of stuff I was producing by way of violent allergic reaction to pot.

Since then, I don't tolerate pot next, nigh, or near me.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: kazmac

kazmac

macrumors G3
Mar 24, 2010
8,002
5,601
Any place but here or there....
Yes.


Agreed, I loathe the smell of tobacco.

No, agreed, you are not.

Yes, you could be allergic to tobacco smoke. I am.

All I need is someone lighting up at the far end of a room, and I am coughing, with stuffed sinuses.

I have suffered from that; strict no smoking rules apply anywhere I live or work.

Ah, at last!

Someone else who suffers from this and gets what a horrible thing exposure to pot can be.

I loathe pot.

Indeed, the two worst sinus attacks I ever had in my life were at parties where people smoked pot (over twenty years ago). I had to flee, seeking refuge in the kitchen, where I sent the evening coughing, wheezing, and blowing my nose into those massive rolls of kitchen tissue as ordinary tissue was useless for the volume of stuff I was producing by way of violent allergic reaction.

Since then, I don't tolerate pot next, nigh, or near me.
I feel your sinus pressure my dear. People (mostly younger) think I am nuts because of my smoking allergies, especially to pot (and moreso that the stink on someone's clothes can set off an attack). My lungs seize up and the sinuses instantly clog, just from the smell and top it off from the burnt taste on the tongue, yuck. I disliked pot smell decades ago when I hung out with most of the metal bands, but the current strains are much more potent.

Pot smoking has become an increasingly frequent here in NY over the past three years. I thank goodness that my diet is pretty good and for alternate nasal breathing which has saved me from severe allergic attacks just by walking past someone who smoked recently.

I just found an even faster form of relief by using Jade Gua Shua facial massage tools and running those along the outside and front of my nose and in between my eyes. They've been an absolute godsend for all of my allergies (nasal and eyes), to say nothing of other annoying ailments. I wouldn't care if the stink did not cause such a severe reaction in me, but like yourself I avoid potential smoking areas as much as possible.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Scepticalscribe

Scepticalscribe

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Jul 29, 2008
46,631
31,304
The Far Horizon
I feel your sinus pressure my dear. People (mostly younger) think I am nuts because of my smoking allergies, especially to pot (and moreso that the stink on someone's clothes can set off an attack). My lungs seize up and the sinuses instantly clog, just from the smell and top it off from the burnt taste on the tongue, yuck. I disliked pot smell decades ago when I hung out with most of the metal bands, but the current strains are much more potent.

Pot smoking has become an increasingly frequent here in NY over the past three years. I thank goodness that my diet is pretty good and for alternate nasal breathing which has saved me from severe allergic attacks just by walking past someone who smoked recently.

I just found an even faster form of relief by using Jade Gua Shua facial massage tools and running those along the outside and front of my nose and in between my eyes. They've been an absolute godsend for all of my allergies (nasal and eyes), to say nothing of other annoying ailments. I wouldn't care if the stink did not cause such a severe reaction in me, but like yourself I avoid potential smoking areas as much as possible.
Years ago, in my teaching days, when I was looking for - or applying for - places in decent flats (I ended up renting on my own, and later, living with my brother - a far more congenial arrangement) I recall being interviewed by a doctor (yes, a young medical doctor) who was the main tenant in the top floor flat in a rather attractive Georgian house as a possible house mate.

He asked whether I had any addictions in the most bored tone imaginable; I replied that I am so terminally uncool that I am actually allergic to pot; he turned me down on the spot.

Re my sinuses, I have found that a reasonably healthy diet (my food is mostly organic) and the consumption of vast quantities of water (around two litres a day) - plus prohibiting any and all forms of smoking (including pot and anything harder) anywhere I live and work, has eased my sinus issues hugely.

Agree with you about the stink from clothes (and hair) fro smoke - it is disgusting. And, like you, my lungs and sinuses would instantly clog up, the smell alone was enough to set off an attack; thankfully, smoking is prohibited in pubs nowadays, a prohibition that is observed.

Tell me more about those fascinating sounding facial massage tools, as I find (excessive) stress to be another trigger for sinus attacks; thankfully, these days, I get them rarely.

But, yes: I, too, used to get those disbelieving looks - especially from condescending youngsters - when I would explain that I am allergic both to nicotine ad to pot.
 
  • Like
Reactions: kazmac

kazmac

macrumors G3
Mar 24, 2010
8,002
5,601
Any place but here or there....
Years ago, in my teaching days, when I was looking for - or applying for - places in decent flats (I ended up renting on my own, and later, living with my brother - a far more congenial arrangement) I recall being interviewed by a doctor (yes, a young medical doctor) who was the main tenant in the top floor flat in a rather attractive Georgian house as a possible house mate.

He asked whether I had any addictions in the most bored tone imaginable; I replied that I am so terminally uncool that I am actually allergic to pot; he turned me down on the spot.

Re my sinuses, I have found that a reasonably healthy diet (my food is mostly organic) and the consumption of vast quantities of water (around two litres a day) - plus prohibiting any and all forms of smoking (including pot and anything harder) anywhere I live and work, has eased my sinus issues hugely.

Agree with you about the stink from clothes (and hair) fro smoke - it is disgusting. And, like you, my lungs and sinuses would instantly clog up, the smell alone was enough to set off an attack; thankfully, smoking is prohibited in pubs nowadays, a prohibition that is observed.

Tell me more about those fascinating sounding facial massage tools, as I find (excessive) stress to be another trigger for sinus attacks; thankfully, these days, I get them rarely.

But, yes: I, too, used to get those disbelieving looks - especially from condescending youngsters - when I would explain that I am allergic both to nicotine ad to pot.
Forgive me, I am not sure where you are living these days...sure thing.

Yeah, my pot allergies go over gangbusters with most people, including at work. Thankfully, the exposure on my extended commutes have been less frequent and our landlord has talked to the youngest tenant who hates my guts because I have the nose of a bloodhound and know when he's smoking pot, I say something loud enough to get the smoking to stop. The landlord has threatened to kick him out if there is another complaint about pot smell (the kid is not smart).

I am sorry you missed out on an otherwise nice apartment because of this.

Yeah, I eat organic, not a lot of processed (and a ridiculous amount of green). While skimming a beauty site after successful tests with some Korean Beauty eye treatments, I stumbled across the Jade Gua Sha facial massage tools (either rectangular or curved pieces of Jade used to scrape the face; these not only have beauty benefits: sloughing off dead skin, reducing pores, tightening skin to an extent and bringing much needed circulation to the face, but I vaguely remember one reviewer at Amazon saying they helped with sinus congestion.

So I have a rectangular pair that have a cut out in the middle which I drag down my nose from the bridge to the tip (these have been particularly great for the sinus) and a curved pair which are terrific for my eyes. I am eventually going to keep a pair with me during my commute too (making four sets: these two at home and a curved pair at work).

I have also been using them for minor arthritis pain, rubbing at the point of pain to bring circulation to the area. And yes, my skin looks much better and the dark circles under my eyes are not quite as pronounced as they were.

Do I sound like an infomercial yet? :p

Really though, I am stunned how much the Jade has been helping me in conjunction with what I am already doing heath-wise.

I did buy one of the boxed sets at Amazon too (with the roller and a jade ball tipped stick (which looks like a drumstick), but neither the roller nor the drumstick work as effectively as the flat scrapping tools. If you cannot find Jade, the Rose Quartz is supposed to work well too.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: Scepticalscribe

Scepticalscribe

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Jul 29, 2008
46,631
31,304
The Far Horizon
Forgive me, I am not sure where you are living these days...sure thing.

Yeah, my pot allergies go over gangbusters with most people, including at work. Thankfully, the exposure on my extended commutes have been less frequent and our landlord has talked to the youngest tenant who hates my guts because I have the nose of a bloodhound and know when he's smoking pot, I say something loud enough to get the smoking to stop. The landlord has threatened to kick him out if there is another complaint about pot smell (the kid is not smart).

I am sorry you missed out on an otherwise nice apartment because of this.

Yeah, I eat organic, not a lot of processed (and a ridiculous amount of green). While skimming a beauty site after successful tests with some Korean Beauty eye treatments, I stumbled across the Jade Gua Sha facial massage tools (either rectangular or curved pieces of Jade used to scrape the face; these not only have beauty benefits: sloughing off dead skin, reducing pores, tightening skin to an extent and bringing much needed circulation to the face, but I vaguely remember one reviewer at Amazon saying they helped with sinus congestion.

So I have a rectangular pair that have a cut out in the middle which I drag down my nose from the bridge to the tip (these have been particularly great for the sinus) and a curved pair which are terrific for my eyes. I am eventually going to keep a pair with me during my commute too (making four sets: these two at home and a curved pair at work).

I have also been using them for minor arthritis pain, rubbing at the point of pain to bring circulation to the area. And yes, my skin looks much better and the dark circles under my eyes are not quite as pronounced as they were.

Do I sound like an infomercial yet? :p

Really though, I am stunned how much the Jade has been helping me in conjunction with what I am already doing heath-wise.

I did buy one of the boxed sets at Amazon too (with the roller and a jade ball tipped stick (which looks like a drumstick), but neither the roller nor the drumstick work as effectively as the flat scrapping tools. If you cannot find Jade, the Rose Quartz is supposed to work well too.
Thank you for taking the trouble to post this detailed information; the jade massage tools sound fascinating.