Pneumonia and the Causes of Smoking

By Sreejato Chatterjee 1/6/16 Period 3


There are many diseases in the world that are more dangerous than you think. One of those diseases is pneumonia. While pneumonia can be cured, it has a lot of effects that are increased by smoking. The driving question is: How can I prove that pneumonia is more dangerous with smoking? The reason I chose this topic is because I am interested in science and the human body and I want to be a doctor when I grow up. Pneumonia is a good disease to start researching.


Pneumonia is a disease that causes inflammation in your air sacs. The air sacs fill with fluid, thus causing breathing problems. Pneumonia can also make you cough a lot, your mucus might be green, you might have a fast heartbeat as well as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. There are different types of pneumonia, but the one I'll be talking about is the regular kind, also known as Community Acquired Pneumonia. Pneumonia is caused by a lot of things. One of them is smoking. Smoking is said to not only cause Pneumonia but also makes it more dangerous.

Data and Summary

Tests from scientists have shown that people who smoke a lot are likely to get pneumonia three times more than people who don't smoke a lot. The studies showed that men and women who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day are more likely to catch pneumonia. "The number of cigarettes smoked per day and the lifetime pack-years showed a positive dose-response relationship, with a significant trend," said by Dr. Carlos Gonzalez of the Institute of Epidemiological and Clinical Research located in Barcelona, Spain. In my opinion, pneumonia is a dangerous disease that is more dangerous when you continue smoking.

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