Have you even wondered what smoking does to your sinuses, you don’t have to look far… just look at the filter at the end of the cigarette. This filter is covered in black or brown gunk which provides a clear indication of what’s happening to a person’s lungs and sinuses.
The lining of the nose and sinuses is the same as the lining in the lung which has cilia (tiny hair-like structures), that clean the nose, sinuses, and lungs of airborne particulate matter, bacteria and mucous. When one smokes the cilia lining the nose, sinuses and lungs stop working which predisposes the smoker to increased infections of the lungs and sinuses.
Normally, all that mucus travels to the back of your throat and you swallow it. When the cilia are damaged and stop moving the mucus out, it backs up in the sinuses and bacteria start to multiply there.
The weaker the sinuses become, the greater the impact it will have on a person. The sinuses become more congested and more blocked due to the mucus membranes becoming irritated and inflamed causing more build up of mucous. This can then lead to a sinus infection with pain, headache, pressure, congestion, a runny nose, difficulty breathing and a reduced sense of smell.
Exposure to a secondhand smoke appears to be one of the factors that predispose you to Chronic Sinusitis with more people diagnosed with it after being exposed to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke can have the same affect on your nose, sinuses, and lungs as it does on a primary smoke and has been linked to snoring, respiratory infections, and ear infections in children. Smoking is not just bad for your health, but also for people living around you.