Smoking and Asthma
Did you know that smoking cigarettes can make your asthma worse? Smoking cigarettes
can harm almost 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 in your heart and blood vessels that reduces blood flow to your skin
and legs. It can also damage your airways and the small air sacs (alveoli) in your
Tobacco smoke and secondhand smoke are asthma triggers and very unhealthy for people
diagnosed with asthma. People with asthma who smoke cigarettes have worse symptoms
than those who don’t. They are also more likely to be seen in emergency departments
of hospitals due to asthma attacks. You have lots of good reasons never to start smoking
or to quit smoking if you already smoke.
Effect on airways
When you have asthma, air tubes (bronchial tubes) in your lungs react to things that
bother them by swelling, squeezing tighter, and producing 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 you 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 the buildup of plaque. 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 sick.
Smoking dulls your senses. It makes it hard to taste and smell things. You won't enjoy your favorite foods as
Smoking costs money. Don't let your money—and your health—go up in smoke. Make your body a smoke-free