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Asthma and Smoking

Asthma and smoking do not belong together in any way. If you have asthma and smoke, talk openly with your doctor about ways to stop smoking. Not only does smoking increase your asthma symptoms -- coughing, increased mucus, and wheezing -- but smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, throat cancer, emphysema (another lung disease), heart disease, high blood pressure, ulcers, gum disease, and more. New drugs for smoking cessation are two to three times more effective than nicotine gum, but require a prescription. Stopping smoking will likely prolong your life, and you may need less medication to keep your asthma well controlled. Do it today! 

For more detail, see WebMD’s article on Asthma and Smoking.

To find online support, go to WebMD’s Smoking Cessation Support Group.

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Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on February 12, 2014
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