What's The Best Way To Control Allergies To Cigarette Smoke?

What's the best way to control allergies to cigarette smoke? You can control allergies to cigarette smoke by making your home a zero-tolerance area for smokers. In a year's time, five and a half trillion...

In a year's time, five and a half trillion are produced around the globe. Each year these are consumed by about 1.1 billion people as stated by Wikipedia.com. They are cigarettes and they are filled with tobacco and about 4,000 chemicals.

"Generally speaking, about 25 percent of adults in America smoke. The same percentage of adults who have asthma smoke. You wouldn't think it would be this way, but that's what the statistics show. And only about 10 percent of adult asthmatics who smoke realize the connection between smoking and not being able to breathe. Clearly there's a denial factor there. Certainly, if you have asthma, you need to stop smoking," said Tom Kallstrom, Director of Respiratory Care and Biometrics at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Services has stated that 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. Also, secondhand smoke has been linked to allergic complications. The Centers for Disease Control also states that secondhand smoke has a large affect, especially on children who are still developing.

The best way to control allergies to cigarette smoke is to not be around it at all. If possible stop or minimize the contact you or children have with cigarette smoke. "If you have a child with allergies or asthma, you must be vigilant about keeping them away from smoke, especially if you smoke. If you do, absolutely no smoking in the house, and absolutely not near the children," Kallstrom said.

"Respiratory disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. So even if you don't have asthma, you need to stop smoking, especially if you're the parent of an allergic or asthmatic child. So talk to your doctor or your area hospital's respiratory therapy department when you're ready to stop smoking. (Which needs to be now if you or your children have asthma or allergies!) It's very possible that the hospitals in your area have a smoking cessation program. In the meantime, do not smoke in the house or anywhere near your kids at all - ever," Kallstrom said.

There is enough literature out there to prove the direct connection between smoking, secondhand smoke and health issues including asthma and allergies. To ensure that you are safe from smoke-induced allergens or asthma attacks it is best to avoid contact with cigarette smoke. Despite all the information out on the dangers of smoking, it is a vice still used by many. However, people seem to be more educated on the matter and are stepping in to make a difference. "Some cities have successfully enacted restaurant smoking bans: Austin and Dallas, New York; several major cities are catching on to the idea that smoking is a public health concern," Kallstrom said. So perhaps it won't be long until most places are serious about secondhand smoke as a municipal health concern. Until then it is our jobs to protect ourselves and children from allergies and asthma incited by cigarette smoke.

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