Smoking & Asthma

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Smoking and Secondhand Smoke are Asthma Triggers

Smoke from cigarettes and vaping devices destroys lung tissue and breaks down the lungs natural defense to keep dirt and germs out. This puts people with asthma at risk for symptoms and asthma episodes. Also, frequent astham attacks can cause changes to the lungs over time and lead to more severe disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, or asthma-COPD overlap.

Secondhand smoke can cause asthma symptoms. Avoid sechondhand smoke as much as possible.  

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Those who use e-cigarettes and vaping devices are at increased risk for cough, wheezing, and an increase in asthma exacerbations.  The use of these products can make asthma harder to control. The main chemcials in e-cigarettes, propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine, have been linked to increase cough, mucus secretions, chest tightness, and reduced lung function. These effects can all make asthma worse. 

Vaping also irritates the lung's airways, increasing liklihood of asthma attacks. 

Learn more at the American Lung Association's Impact of E-Cigarettes on the Lung page. 

Smoking Cessation

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According to the American Lung Association, every year in the United States more then 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to second hand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Smoking cessation can help lower secondhand smoke exposure for those with asthma, preventing asthma symptoms and asthma attacks. 

Join Freedom From Smoking Plus a highly effective smoking cessation program to help you quit smoking.

The American Lung Associaiton Tobacco Quitline is a free service to help you quit smoking.