Does this photo look a little strange? Take a close look.
The left side of the building says "Allergy and Asthma Center." If you look closely at the windows, you can see that EVERY window says "Cigars, Tobaccos, Pipes." A co-worker who was on vacation sent this photo to me. He thought it was pretty bizarre! An asthma clinic sharing a building with a tobacco store?!
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that smoking and asthma don't mix!
Smoking + asthma = bad lungs.
Webmd's site says that:
"Second-hand smoke is especially harmful to people who already have asthma. When a person with asthma is exposed to second-hand smoke, he or she is more likely to experience the wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath associated with asthma."
It also has a section that says, "Can Smoking Harm My Child?" I'm sure we all know that it's more dangerous for kids to breath second hand smoke than it is for adults. To read more about asthma and smoking on Webmd's website, click here.
So what if you smoke and have asthma? I have family members that have struggled with trying to quit smoking for years and years. Obviously they are addicted. They know it's bad for them. They know they need to quit. But when and how?
American Lung Association has a resource page that can help people who want to quit.
Until then, if you happen to live near this building, you can get one-stop service. Buy your smokes and then head to your appointment with your asthma doc.