Asthma and Smoking

What is Asthma?
Asthma is a health issue that effects the lungs. Airways swell and make it hard to breathe.

Asthma Triggers
Triggers make asthma worse and can cause an attack. Some common triggers are:

  • Tobacco smoke.
  • Air pollution.
  • Dust.
  • Cockroaches.
  • Pet fur.
  • Pollen.
  • Being active.
  • Cold or the flu.
  • Meds like aspirin.
  • Stress.

Signs of an Asthma Attack
These include:

  • Coughing – worse at night and early in the morning.
  • Wheezing – whistle sound when you breathe.
  • Chest tightness.
  • Shortness of breath.

Taking Care of Asthma
Talk with your doctor about:

  • Asthma meds.
  • Asthma triggers and how to avoid them.
  • Quitting smoking.

Why Quit Smoking
You can’t get rid of asthma, but quitting can make your lungs work better. You are less likely to have:

  • Swollen airways.
  • Shortness of breath and coughing.
  • Hospital stays due to asthma.

Help from the Quit Line

Content from: UW-CTRI and the University of California-San Diego