Smoking is bad news for everyone, but especially for kids who have asthma. Smoking causes coughing and wheezing and makes it hard to breathe - the same problems that happen during an asthma flare-up. So if you add smoke to lungs that are already irritated, you have big-time breathing trouble.
If people have asthma and they smoke, they will probably:
* have more asthma flare-ups, including coughing and wheezing * need more asthma medicine because it won't work as well * visit the doctor and emergency room more often * miss fun stuff they want to do because of asthma flare-ups
Why Do People Smoke?
You might wonder why people smoke at all. Many people start smoking when they are kids or teens and they try it for many reasons. Maybe all of their friends were doing it or they grew up in a house where all the grown-ups smoked.
But no matter why they started, many smokers wish they could quit. Smoking does not just cause problems for people who have asthma. Over time, smoking can lead to serious health problems, such as cancer and heart disease.
Quitting smoking is hard, though, because the tobacco in cigarettes, pipes, and cigars contains a substance called nicotine. Nicotine is addictive. When something is addictive, your body and mind will tell you that you need it to feel OK. If you do not get it, you might feel sick, stressed out, or bad-tempered.