1 in 9 New Hampshire residents has asthma. If you have asthma and you smoke or are being exposed to secondhand smoke this increases your risk of an asthma attack.

The AsthmaNowNH.org website brings together information and resources on asthma.

Everyone with asthma should follow these steps to help control their asthma:

  1. Complete an Asthma Action Plan with your doctor and follow it
  2. Know your symptoms and take your medication
  3. Know your asthma triggers and avoid them
  4. Get a flu shot
  5. Avoid all tobacco smoke 

Secondhand Smoke and Asthma

Asthma is the most common long-term disease of children, but adults can have asthma, too. Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs. Asthma is an ongoing condition, but asthma attacks occur when something irritates the lungs. During an asthma attack, the walls of the airways in the lungs swell, and the airways narrow. Less air gets in and out of the lungs, and mucus from the lungs clogs up the airways even more. During an attack, a person may have coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. It can lead to death. To learn more visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page Secondhand Smoke: Impact on Asthma.

Jessica’s son, Aden, was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with asthma. Although Jessica never smoked, many of Aden’s attacks were triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. (Audio transcript)
Watch more Tips from Former Smokers videos. | Learn more about secondhand smoke.

Helpful Links
www.AsthmaNowNH.org : Asthma affects a growing number of people in New Hampshire. The AsthmaNow NH website brings together information and resources for everyone with an interest in asthma. Smoking and being exposed to secondhand smoke greatly increase your risk of an Asthma attack.

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