Most people know that smoking causes cancer, What some people don’t know is that smoking contributes to other illnesses. Noxious fumes and chemicals from cigarette smoke (including second hand smoke exposure) reduce the effectiveness of the body’s protective immune system. A young child whose parents smoke will be prone to more ear infections. Smokers have more frequent and worse sinus and lung infections. Cigarette smoke may lead to hoarseness and in its worse case, cancer of the vocal cords. All persons who have been hoarse for over six weeks should have an endoscopic evaluation of their vocal cords. Protect the health of yourself and others and STOP SMOKING TODAY! See your primary care physician and learn of the variety of prescription products that may help you in your endeavor to quit.