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Asthma and Smoking – How Can Smoking Affect Asthma

Smoking is dangerous and insalubrious for everyone, especially for asthmatic people. It has bad effects on the health of the lungs. A smoker’s lungs do not work well, because smoking causes airways swelling, narrowing and production of sticky mucus. These three things worsen the asthma, if someone with asthma is habitual for smoking.




In general, people, who smoke, experience similar symptoms that are experienced by asthmatic patients. In advanced stages, a smoker  can also experience trouble breathing and chest congestion. Due to these reasons, if the asthmatic patient, who is also a cigarette smoker, will get more asthma attacks or acute flare-ups of the diseases.

Smoking is hazardous to health, not only to smokers, but also for people around them, who breathe in secondhand smoke (also known as passive smoking). Therefore, if you were smoking, your child, colleagues and other family member near to you, would face similar lung problems. The only way to protect yourself and your family members is by quitting this habbit.

A parent should never smoke in the presents of their children. Pregnant women must avoid smoking during their pregnancy, because it is not only hazardous for their health, but also for the developing fetus in their womb.

Both, smoking and secondhand smoking, are triggers for asthma. If you are not a smoker, but breathe in secondhand smoke, it can trigger more frequent asthma flare-ups, and if you are a smoker, it will worsen your asthma and cause severe asthma attacks.

Smoking increases inflammation in the lungs and causes production of sticky mucus, so you need more puffs of rescue inhalers to prevent asthma flare-ups. The secondhand smoke has similar effects in asthmatic patients.

Harms of smoking in asthmatic patients

  1. Smoking increases chances of asthma attacks.
  2. It decreases lung respiratory capacity.
  3. It increases inflammation of the airways, cause swelling and narrowing of the bronchi, so worsen trouble breathing.
  4. You would have more flare-ups and re-occurring more often.
  5. You will require more asthma medications with their many side effects.
  6. You may be likely to visit emergency room more frequently.

Harmful effects of secondhand smoke

Secondhand smoke can be a potential trigger for precipitating asthma attacks in children and other family members. In addition to the effects of direct smoking (described above), people breathing in secondhand smoke will experience the following things:

  1. Kids may have to miss their schools more frequently.
  2. It may cause pneumonia, middle ear infections and respiratory infections.
  3. It may often worsen the conditions of asthma by precipitating.
  4. If your kids do not have asthma, they are at risk of developing it in the future, if they breathe in secondhand

Risk of smoking of Third hand smoke

Cigarette or Tobacco smoke is also absorbed into cloths, carpets and upholstery, which cannot be washed away with detergents.

It leaves carcinogenic substances in these things, which may increase the risk of cancer.

These things are more dangerous for kids, who play on, touch and mouth these contaminated things or surfaces. They become more prone to breathing problems and asthma.

These are enough reasons and evidences for the encouragement of quitting smoking. However, it is not advisable for quitting smoking oneself, you should talk to the doctor about the help and possible strategies, such as medications or support groups.

Tips:

  1. Do not smoke in the house or cars.
  2. Try to quit smoking and talk to your doctor for help.
  3. Join a support group for quitting smoking.
  4. Encourage people to quit smoking.
  5. Do not allow people to smoke in your car or house.
  6. Avoid smoky places, such as restaurants and smoky parties.
  7. Avoid smoking around children.
  8. Choose non-smoker caregivers for your children.




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