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 many effective treatment options available which you can discuss with your doctor or pharmacist; you can find more information about asthma and smoking and where to get help by downloading this brochure. E-cigarettes have also been presented to enable smoking cessation yet there is currently insufficient evidence to support this.