Smoking yourself or breathing in other people's smoke:
As well as saving what you spend on cigarettes, quitting smoking may even mean you need to take less asthma medications. That's saving you money twice over.
People with asthma have even more reason to avoid smoking than those without asthma. Your lungs are extra sensitive when you have asthma and they are especially vulnerable to the damaging effects of cigarette smoke. In the short term, smoking and asthma makes you more likely to have asthma attacks or flare-ups. In the long term, you’re at higher risk of developing smoking-related diseases like emphysema.
Tobacco smoke is a major trigger for asthma. People with asthma and those around them should not smoke.
We don't yet know for sure how e-cigarettes affect asthma, but new evidence is emerging every day. Research is also underway on whether they can help people quit smoking regular cigarettes.
Until more is known, people with asthma should adopt a practical approach – avoid inhaling anything into your lungs that may be harmful, as it could make your asthma worse.
For more information about e-cigarettes, read this Quit Victoria article
People with asthma who quit smoking have healthier lungs within just 6 weeks.
There are many different methods to help you quit, including gum, patches, medication, coaching or cold turkey. Some people find that using a combination of these makes the difference.
Whichever strategy you choose, you don’t have to do it alone – there are many ways to get help.
Speak to your doctor, pharmacist or asthma & respiratory educator. They can give you advice and support to help you quit successfully.
You can also get help from Quit:
It is important to note that information contained in this brochure is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.
Our Sensitive Choice® program aims to help Australians with asthma and allergies make better lifestyle choices.