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Smoking makes asthma worse

Smoking makes asthma worse

Smoke of any kind irritates your child's lungs. This leads to more swelling in the lungs and to muscle tightening around the airways. In short — smoking makes asthma worse!

Keep your child's environment smoke-free. This includes your home, car, daycare and any other place your child spends time. Smoke particles get stuck in drapes, furniture and car seats, and can make your child's asthma worse.

These can help:

  • Do not smoke in the house or car even when your child is not in there.
  • If anyone smokes they should go outside, away from your child.
  • Use a smoking jacket when you smoke outside and remove it when you are inside. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Sit away from smoking sections of public places.
  • Never burn candles or incense in your home.
  • Do not use fireplaces and kerosene heaters to heat your home.
  • Tell others about the dangers of smoke for people with asthma.

So you think you might want to quit smoking?

There are many ways to quit. If you think you might want to quit smoking for yourself or for a loved one, then you are one step closer to being nicotine free. There are many tools you can use to help yourself live tobacco free. Here are just a few.

Dealing with the physical aspects of nicotine dependence

Nicotine replacement therapy
(Doctor prescription not needed)

  • Patch
  • Gum
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhalers
  • Lozenges

Prescription drugs
(Doctor prescription needed)

  • Bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin, Aplenzin)
  • Varenicline (Chantix)
Dealing with the mental aspects of nicotine dependence

Telephone-based help

Quit smoking programs and support groups

Support of family and friends

Other methods without nicotine

These methods have not been evaluated in a scientific manner to know if they are effective:

  • Hypnosis
  • Acupuncture
  • Magnet therapy
  • Low level or "Cold laser" therapy
  • Smoking deterrents
  • Herbs and supplements
  • Mind-body practices

For free resources like SmokefreeTXT, the quitSTART app (for teens) and Quit Plan, visit or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Cathy Blair-Perrine
Cathy Blair-Perrine MSN, RN, AE-C Pulmonary medicine, UCAN Read more
Kathleen Bowden
Kathleen Bowden MSW, AE-C Pulmonary medicine, UCAN Read more
Ginger Mary
Ginger Mary CPNP, MSN, AE-C Pulmonary medicine, UCAN Read more
Michael Schechter
Michael Schechter MD, MPH Pulmonary medicine, UCAN Read more

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