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Cigarette smoke

Cigarette smoke contains a number of toxic chemicals and irritants. People with allergies and asthma may be more sensitive to cigarette smoke than other people, and research studies indicate that smoking may aggravate asthma.

Smoking does not just harm smokers but also those around them. Research has shown that children and spouses of smokers tend to have more respiratory infections and asthma than those of non-smokers. In addition, exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the risk of complications such as sinusitis and bronchitis.

Common symptoms of smoke irritation are burning or watery eyes, nasal congestion, coughing, hoarseness and shortness-of-breath.

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Secondhand smoke and the risks to children

Ways to reduce the health risks of secondhand smoke

A Special Message to Smokers

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Review Date: 6/1/2010
Reviewed By: David A. Kaufman, MD, Section Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Bridgeport Hospital-Yale New Haven Health System, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Previously reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. (6/18/2008)
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