Quitting Smoking When Your Child Has Asthma
Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your health. And if you’re a parent, it’s one of the worst things you can do to your child’s health. Cigarettes are deadly, and there’s no better time than right now to quit smoking. Quitting will help your child get his or her asthma symptoms under control, and it will benefit your own health as well.
How Cigarettes Harm Your Child
Even if your child never tries a cigarette, he or she is susceptible to health risks from secondhand and thirdhand smoke. Exposure to tobacco smoke and residue is linked to more frequent and severe asthma attacks. It can be more difficult for your child to control asthma symptoms, and your child may not respond as well to medications. Not only is tobacco a trigger of asthma attacks, but exposure to smoke is also linked to the development of asthma. Babies of smokers are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma in childhood.
Why It’s Impossible to “Control” Cigarette Smoke
Some smokers may think that they can adequately protect their kids by only smoking outdoors. But unfortunately, it’s impossible to control where cigarette smoke goes. When you open the door to go back inside, the smoke will follow you. It will get in through windows and drafty areas. There is also a danger of thirdhand smoke, which is the residue left on objects from tobacco smoke. This residue is found on smokers’ clothes, furniture, car upholstery, and anything else exposed to cigarette smoke. Thirdhand residue can be just as dangerous for a person’s health as secondhand smoke.
How You Can Overcome Nicotine Addiction
Quitting cigarettes is never easy, but it will be one of the most important and rewarding things you can do for your family. Start by talking to your doctor to find out about your medical treatment options. Try as many different cessation methods as it takes to finally quit. And never give up—most smokers require multiple attempts to quit for good.
The board-certified allergists and asthma doctors at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM can help you and your child understand the asthma treatment options. We provide compassionate care and patient education for individuals of all ages. Call 1(800)86-COUGH to speak with a friendly staff member at our locations in Blue Bell, Center City, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Pottstown, King of Prussia, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania.