“My cough has become worse since I quit smoking. What’s going on?”

“I am sick of this constant hacking in the mornings!!”

If you are a smoker or have been one at some point of time, you certainly would have gone through this 'giving up on smoke' cycle. Wondered what’s happening to you? You have SMOKERS COUGH!! A smoker’s cough is a persistent cough that develops in long-term smokers —"persistent" meaning that it’s present for more than 2 or 3 weeks.

Cigarette smoke contains chemicals that irritate the air passages and lungs. When a smoker inhales these substances, the natural protective and cleaning mechanism of our lungs tries to clear itself by coughing.

Normal clean lungs have active cilia (tiny hair like formations lining the airways) that have a sweeping action to clear harmful material out of the lungs. Cigarette smoke, however, decreases the sweeping action of the cilia, so the poisons from the smoke remain in the lungs.

When a smoker sleeps, some cilia recover during the night and begin their cleaning action again in the morning by inducing the well-known ‘Early morning cough’ of smokers. This is so because our body is in a natural state of detoxification in the morning, trying to filter waste hence, on waking up, the smoker coughs as lungs try to clear away the poisons that got built up the previous day.

The best and the only effective way to stop smoker’s cough is to eliminate the root cause, tobacco smoke. Some people seem to cough more than usual soon after stopping smoking. The cough is a sign that your body is starting to heal.

Sometimes, ex-smokers get scared by this and think they have a new problem. But it's not that at all, just your body trying to get back to normal. Smoking deadens the cilia in the lungs so when you stop smoking, the cilia become active again and start clearing the mucus sticking to your lungs; as a result you might cough more than usual — perhaps for several weeks before you notice any positive changes of giving up smoking. The idea is to restore cilia to their natural efficient self where they resume their work of clearing mucous from your lungs.

How can Salt Room Therapy help smokers?

Salt therapy is an extremely effective treatment for reducing smokers cough. A one hour session in the salt room involves the inhalation of dry salt aerosol particles into your lungs. As salt enters the lungs it starts reacting with the mucous present there and loosens it. As mucous sticking to the airway walls loosens, function of cilia improves, thereby increasing their cleaning efficiency to move this mucus out of lungs. This helps in reducing inflammation in the whole respiratory tract, absorbing edema from the mucous lining the airways. As the mucous melts, this leads to widening of the airway passages, restoring the normal transport of mucus and unclogging blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles, allowing rapid elimination of the residual tar.

And all of these through a 100% natural process with no side effects and no medicines.