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Old 04-07-2011, 11:37 AM
 
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Cigarette smoke does not cause colds but an allergy or inflammation caused by the irritation of smoke can make one susceptible to cold.

Sorry OP, smokers generally have a decreased sense of smell (and taste) so they have no idea how nasty they smell to others.
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:51 PM
 
Location: zone 5
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I've had allergies for about 40 years and no doctor ever told me I was more susceptible to colds because of them. I agree with those who say this isn't why you're sick. Did you never have colds before working with this woman?
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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Colds are caused by viruses. But the smell is certainly unpleasant. I would look at investing in an air purifier for at home, and maybe one for work too. Perhaps some air fresheners, scented oils, something along those lines might help too.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:56 PM
 
Location: in your dreams
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Or just walk by and spray them with Febreze all nonchalant..
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:06 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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My exwife is the only member of her family that never smoked. She never had to tell me when she went to visit her parents and took our boys. You could smell the smoke in their hair and clothes. My son, when he was in his teens, told his grandmother the reason he didn't want to go to their house is because of the smoke smell. Stillkit and texlady, you can get your panties out of a wad. I'm not whining trying to get anybody to quit smoking. The only person who can make a smoker quit is himself. All I am saying is the smell does stick to everything.
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:05 AM
 
Location: Texas
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My exwife is the only member of her family that never smoked. She never had to tell me when she went to visit her parents and took our boys. You could smell the smoke in their hair and clothes. My son, when he was in his teens, told his grandmother the reason he didn't want to go to their house is because of the smoke smell. Stillkit and texlady, you can get your panties out of a wad. I'm not whining trying to get anybody to quit smoking. The only person who can make a smoker quit is himself. All I am saying is the smell does stick to everything.

So do a lot of smells, (wood smoke, sweat, exhaust, cheap perfume, garlic, curry), but nobody says anything about them because they're not the cause du jour.

For instance, my Doctor is Indian and, after lunch, you can smell the curry on his breath and oozing out of his skin from a block away. Do you really think I'd complain to managment about that? Would I be rude and say, "Gee Doc, you stink!"

No, I wouldn't and, hopefully, neither would you. Yet, you wouldn't extend that same courtesy to a smoker. Why not?

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Old 04-08-2011, 04:46 AM
 
Location: US
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Drink more water and stay hydrated. I notice when my system gets dry, I tend to get allergy attacks with little colds. Stinky smells are worse too. Keep some hot peppermint tea at your desk.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:41 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I third this, with the understanding that anti-bacterial soaps only kill bacteria and not viruses..
I think the antibacterial soap fad is ridiculous. Normal soap and water is just fine.

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Best thing to do is to both wash hands and not touch eyes, nose, mouth and other orifices.
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Remember the H1N1 thing? Same rules still apply. Oh, and I first-hand smoke and haven't been sick since May of 2009 (knock on wood). However, I am not in the workplace exposed to sick coworkers who come in to work when they should be at home.
I smoke also, and I haven't been out sick in years. Everyone in my aisle caught this respiratory flu thing that was circulating over the winter. Two developed pneumonia. I felt as if something was coming on one day, but it went away. Perhaps the tar lining my lungs formed a barrier to the germs!
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:54 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I smoke also, and I haven't been out sick in years. Everyone in my aisle caught this respiratory flu thing that was circulating over the winter. Two developed pneumonia. I felt as if something was coming on one day, but it went away. Perhaps the tar lining my lungs formed a barrier to the germs!
I never used to get sick until I quit smoking. Now I have allergies and I get a cold every month in the winter and spring. I would never start smoking again because quitting is so difficult and uncomfortable, but I really did feel better most of the time when I smoked.
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: NYC
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You're immune system sucks, probably due to having a bad diet. That's the real reason you keep catching colds. Cigarette smoke may irritate some people, but it certainly does not cause colds.
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