Cigarette smoke makes asthma symptoms worse and stops preventer medicines from working fully. It has been linked with more asthma flare-ups and a higher risk of developing asthma in children. Smoking increases your risk of developing chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), lung cancer and accelerates decline in your lung function. People with asthma who smoke should quit as soon as possible.
Smoking is also dangerous for people around you. Children can be severely affected by inhaling secondhand-cigarette smoke. Exposure to smoke at home has been associated with onset of asthma as well as asthma symptoms. Older people and people with significant chronic health problems can also be quite vulnerable to secondhand cigarette smoke.
The harmful effects of traditional tobacco smoking are also relevant for e-cigarettes. People with asthma should avoid all smoking devices in order to best achieve good health and avoid the risks of poorly controlled asthma and long-term effects.
Although quitting can be difficult, there are effective treatment options and resource available to help you quit;
- Call the Quitline (13 QUIT or 13 7848). As well as having lots of information available about quitting, you can talk to a counsellor or request a call back.
- Talk with your doctor and pharmacist on how they can assist with you being a non-smoker
- Call 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) and speak with an Asthma Educators who can start you on your way to living well with your asthma.
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