Smoke interferes with asthma

British scientists have found more evidence to show that people with asthma should not smoke. Researchers at the University of Glasgow say smoking can interfere with asthmatics’ medication.Speaking at a European Respiratory Society conference in Vienna, they said it can increase the risks of breathing problems or an asthma attack. The researchers said the findings highlight the need to encourage asthmatics who smoke to quit.
Figures suggest that 40% of people with asthma aged between 16 and 44 smoke. This is much higher than the general population, where 32% of people in this age group smoke.
Source: BBC Online, 30 September 2003

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