Q. Does smoking cause difficulty breathing and a cough with mucus?

Answered by
Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 12, 2022

Hello doctor,

I am an 18-year-old, and I have been having a problem breathing for almost two months. I have a voluntary cough that sounds wet, sometimes coughing up mucus. I have also had a very little chest pain that comes and goes but does not bothers me. This started after I smoked cigarettes for the first time almost a year ago. Kindly suggest.



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I have gone through the history you have given. Since smoking exposure is very less the possibility of acute bronchitis, psychological breathing problem is more likely to occur. I want to know a few more things. Please let me know.

1. How many days did you smoke? And in total, how many cigarettes?

2. What is your height and weight?

3. Do you have any stress?

Please reply to me with answers to the above-asked questions so I can better guide you.

Thank you.

Hello doctor,

Thank you for the response.

I have had five cigarettes a day. I am 6 ft, and my weight is 170 lbs. I have had a lot of anxiety because of the breathing issues, sometimes it is there but not that bad, and sometimes it flares up and almost makes me panic, which has been going on for the last two months.



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I can understand your concern. From your history and description, the possibility of psychological breathing issues is more likely. You fear that you have done something wrong, damaged your lungs permanently by smoking, and they will not heal now. Is it so? May I know the clinical findings as suggested by doctor you consulted? I want to see whether you have any abnormal breath sounds like bronchi or wheezing while checking from the stethoscope. Can you send me a consultation note from your doctor?

Thank you.

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