Smoking and Asthma
know that smoking cigarettes can make your asthma worse? Smoking cigarettes can harm
every organ in your body. Smoking has been linked to lung cancer, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD), stroke, and heart disease. Smoking can cause a blockage
heart and blood vessels that reduces blood flow to your skin and legs. It can also
your airways and the small air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs.
smoke and secondhand smoke are asthma triggers. They are very unhealthy for people
diagnosed with asthma. People with asthma who smoke cigarettes have worse symptoms
those who don’t. They are also more likely to be seen in emergency departments of
because of asthma attacks. You have lots of good reasons never to start smoking or
smoking if you already smoke.
Effect on airways
you have asthma, air tubes (bronchial tubes) in your lungs react to things that bother
them. These tubes swell, squeeze tighter, and make mucus. It's harder for air to get
through the narrowed tubes. That's why you have trouble breathing during an asthma
attack. Cigarette smoke can set off this reaction. Breathing in the smoke can make
cough, wheeze, and feel short of breath.
Just say no!
You might think you can stop smoking whenever you want. But it's not that easy. Cigarettes
contain nicotine. Nicotine is a powerful drug. You can become addicted to it. And
that can make it hard to stop smoking. Besides nicotine, cigarette smoke contains
more than 7,000 chemicals. Many of them are poisonous. And 69 of these chemicals have
been linked to cancer.
Here are more reasons to not smoke cigarettes:
Smoking spoils sports. Smoking makes it hard for oxygen
to get to your muscles. This can affect how well you do in sports. People who
smoke may run slower than nonsmokers. And they may be unable to run as far.
Smoking harms your health. It damages your blood
vessels by making them hard or stiff and less able to stretch. Your arteries also
narrow due to plaque buildup. This makes your heart work harder because its blood
flow is decreased. Smoking can cause lung disease, heart disease, and stroke.
Smoking causes cancer.
Smoking causes many types of cancer. It has been linked to cancer in the
blood, bladder, cervix, colon, rectum, esophagus, kidney, larynx, liver, mouth,
throat, pancreas, stomach, trachea, lung, and lung airways (bronchi).
Smoking causes sickness. You're more likely to catch
colds and the flu if you smoke. And it may take longer to get better when you're
Smoking dulls your
It makes it hard to taste and smell things. You won't enjoy your
favorite foods as much.
Smoking costs money. Don't let your money—and your
health—go up in smoke. Make your body a smoke-free zone!
Smoking puts others at risk.
Secondhand smoke is smoke created by a smoker and breathed in by a second person.
Secondhand smoke can trigger an asthma attack. It can also cause lung cancer in
nonsmoking adults. Also, inhaling secondhand smoke:
- Causes disease and premature death in nonsmoking adults
- Irritates the airways and has harmful effects right away
on a person’s heart and blood vessels. In the U.S. it increases the risk for
heart disease by about 25% to 30%. And it causes about 34,000 deaths from heart
disease each year.
- Increases the risk for stroke by 20% to 30%
- Puts pregnant women at increased risk of having a baby
with lower birth weight
- Puts children at an increased risk for SIDS, ear
infections, colds, pneumonia, and bronchitis. It also creates more frequent and
more severe asthma symptoms among children who have asthma.
- Slows the growth of children’s lungs and can cause them to
cough, wheeze, and feel breathless