Asthma Made Me Smoke

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I’m Kylie Badgley with today’s health
news. Research suggests that an unlikely group of
teens is especially likely to start smoking: asthmatics. Asthma, a disease that affects the lungs,
causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and early morning or nighttime
coughing. A new study found that adolescents with asthma
are twice as likely to smoke as adolescents without asthma. The research team examined more than 3,300
questionnaires from adolescents between the ages of 13-19 years old and divided those
adolescents into two groups: those with asthma and those without. The questionnaires revealed that asthmatic
teenagers were more were more likely to have some degree of nicotine dependence compared
to non-smoking teens. According to the CDC, tobacco smoke—including
secondhand smoke–is one of the most common asthma triggers and is especially dangerous
for people with asthma. The questionnaire revealed that the reason
they continue smoking is a belief that smoking lessens anxiety and stress. If you struggle with stress or anxiety talk
to your doctor to find a treatment solution other than smoking. For dailyRx, I’m Kylie Badgley.

10 thoughts on “Asthma Made Me Smoke

  1. Well I have asthma and I haven't had problems in like 5 years or so. My dad smokes and like when he was smoking near me (no intentions) I had nothing. And he also had asthma in his childhood but he started smoking at 14 years old. And you see, I just want to know if I have asthma or not.

  2. There’s a link between the lungs and grief in mind body medicine and in TCM. E.g. asthma gets worse when the person gets upset. People often smoke more when they are upset. E.g. if a social smoker breaks up with their partner they often start buying packets of cigarettes and become a regular smoker. Etc etc.

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