The group representing respiratory specialists declared yesterday that coughing costs the UK economy a huge amount of £979million annually.
Lost of productivity when sufferers are not well costs approximately £875million, while the health service industry loses £104million.
According to the British Thoracic Society (BTS), this figure does not include "chronic" coughs caused by asthma, drugs or environment factors.
The BTS said that over-the-counter medicines seldom help and more research needed to be done for better treatments. They defined an acute cough as the one that lasts less than 3 weeks.