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Asthma is Worse When Exposed to Smoke

Asthma is Worse When Exposed to SmokeMy asthma is worse when exposed to smoke from fires, pollution, or any particulates the air. If you are an asthmatic of suffer from allergies, you probably are already aware of this fact. But what about the people who smoke or do not have allergies or any breathing problems. You cannot blame them, they are just not aware of the problem. They go about their own lives without giving it a seconds thought about the impact they have on other people. They do not even realize that their clothes smell. Their cars smell and certainly their homes also smell of stale smoke. Some people are really awful. Their clothes just reek of stale smoke and you cannot stand to be close to them.

Asthma is Worse When Exposed to Smoke – Hospital Nurses Who Smoke

About the worst situation I have ever encountered is being in a hospital because I am having an asthma attack and being looked after by a nurse who is a smoker. They are not allowed to smoke in the hospital, thank goodness, but they still go outside and grab a quick smoke on their breaks and at lunch hour. When they come back in everything about them smells of stale smoke. Their clothes smell terrible, their skin and their hair all have that stale smoke smell!

You do not need to get very close to someone to smell the stale smoke smell. Some people smell so bad that just being in the same room with them is enough to set asthmatics off with an attack. Anyone working in a hospital should not be allowed to smoke while on the job and should also be required to wash their clothes every day! This is really difficult for asthmatics, we are not just being picky or making this up.

Pollution from Forest Fires

This situation can be very bad for people with all kinds of allergies. About all I can say about this situation is either stay inside or get out of town and get away from the smoke and the pollution. Some people will also wear a mask over their nose and mouth. This will work to some extent and probably block 80% of the contaminants which is better than nothing. Just get out of town and stay away until it is over. When you do come back you may have a cleaning job to do to rid your home of the smell of smoke. Before you leave make sure that all windows and doors are closed up tight to avoid allowing the smoke to come inside and contaminate your home.

Smoking in Public Places

Many people smoke in public places, because this is quickly becoming the only place they can smoke. They must be outdoors or in designated smoking rooms. Asthmatics will avoid these locations and they are smart to do so. The smell from cigarette second hand smoke can literally take your breath away when asthmatics are exposed to smoke in this manner.

Cigar smoke is really bad. Can you believe that there are still some places that allow the smoking of cigars in doors! Most are relegated to outdoor areas or at least cigar lounges. We routinely walk past a bunch of guys who sit outside along the sidewalk and smoke cigars.  They sit about 10 feet back from the sidewalk and it is still very over powering when you walk past them and the breeze is blowing in our direction. Hard to believe but people still smoke these things and enjoy them.

Perhaps you are thinking that the writer is just a non smoker who is trying to make an issue out of this and give smokers a difficult time. This is not the case at all. If you suffer from asthma or know someone who does, then you already know that this is a real problem for these people and they just need to get away from these smokers.

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