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What do I need to know about smoking and asthma?

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Smoke from cigars, cigarettes, and pipes harms your body in many ways, but it is especially harmful to the lungs of a person with asthma. Tobacco smoke is a powerful trigger of asthma symptoms.

From: Smoking and Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." 

American Lung Association: "What Is Lung Cancer?" 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: "Indoor Environmental Asthma Triggers - Secondhand Smoke."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 12, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "No Butts About It: Smoking Makes Asthma Worse." 

American Lung Association: "What Is Lung Cancer?" 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: "Indoor Environmental Asthma Triggers - Secondhand Smoke."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 12, 2018

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