A group of smokers suffering from Staphylococcus aureus infections are

A group of smokers suffering from Staphylococcus aureus infections are suing the cigarette companies. They claim that the disease was aggravated by smoking. The group is citing studies indicating that phagocytes are inhibited in their action by compounds in cigarette smoke. A statement prepared by their lawyers states that the S. aureus would not have caused such a severe disease if the phagocytes were functioning properly. During the proceedings, a microbiologist was called in as a professional witness for the court. What were her conclusions about the validity of the claim?

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