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Can asthma be caused by smoking around the child or adult?
52 doctors weighed in

Dr. Yoram Padeh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
18 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Absolutely! the question asks about "second-hand" smoking, which can certainly cause asthma.
However, even "third-hand" smoking where the smoke toxins are carried in hair, clothing, skin, etc. Can cause asthma. That means even going outside for a smoke and coming back in without the cigarette can still put loved-ones at risk! smoking is a very selfish and inconsiderate act.

In brief: Yes
Absolutely! the question asks about "second-hand" smoking, which can certainly cause asthma.
However, even "third-hand" smoking where the smoke toxins are carried in hair, clothing, skin, etc. Can cause asthma. That means even going outside for a smoke and coming back in without the cigarette can still put loved-ones at risk! smoking is a very selfish and inconsiderate act.
Dr. Yoram Padeh
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Dr. Gary Steven
Cotinine, a breakdown product of nicotine, has been found in the urine of children whose parents ONLY smoke outside the home. Any smoking, ANYWHERE, by any family members is bad for children, especially those with asthma.
Dr. Nisha Chellam
Internal Medicine
16 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There have been studies that show kids born to smoking parents do indeed have a higher incidence of asthma and hypersensitive airway or lung disease.

In brief: Yes
There have been studies that show kids born to smoking parents do indeed have a higher incidence of asthma and hypersensitive airway or lung disease.
Dr. Nisha Chellam
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Dr. Stanley Weiss
In other words, such exposure may contribute to developing asthma. In addiiton, for those who already have asthma, exposure to smoke can exacerbate it.
Dr. Bhavin Patel
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 doctors agree
In brief: Triggers asthma
Smoking and smoke exposure triggers asthma symptoms.
Also smoking when the childs airways are developing predisposes the child to develop reactive airways disease, which has symptoms and characteristics similar to asthma and treated the same as asthma.

In brief: Triggers asthma
Smoking and smoke exposure triggers asthma symptoms.
Also smoking when the childs airways are developing predisposes the child to develop reactive airways disease, which has symptoms and characteristics similar to asthma and treated the same as asthma.
Dr. Bhavin Patel
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Dr. Stanley Weiss
"Reactive airways disease" is a flawed term, and is not a valid independent concept. Most persons labeled as having reactive airways disease are kids, and most of these have asthma of varying severity. The term mainly arose from some providers being fearful of the response and reactions families sometimes have to the term "asthma." Eduvcation is needed.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The fetus is most vulnerable to smoking and many studies demonstrate that.
Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy have as high a rate of asthma as those born to non-smoking allergic mothers. Children & adults who already have asthma will have increased symptoms & exacerbations when in an environment with tobacco smoke.

In brief: Yes
The fetus is most vulnerable to smoking and many studies demonstrate that.
Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy have as high a rate of asthma as those born to non-smoking allergic mothers. Children & adults who already have asthma will have increased symptoms & exacerbations when in an environment with tobacco smoke.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Pierre Semrani
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
This is sometime called "passive smoking" or "second hand exposure" where individuals with prolonged exposure to smoke inhalation, tend to later develop features of "smoker's lungs" which is somewhat a more severe form of asthma.
Think prevention!

In brief: Yes
This is sometime called "passive smoking" or "second hand exposure" where individuals with prolonged exposure to smoke inhalation, tend to later develop features of "smoker's lungs" which is somewhat a more severe form of asthma.
Think prevention!
Dr. Pierre Semrani
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Absolutely. Asthmatic need to avoid any and all tobacco smoke.

In brief: Yes
Absolutely. Asthmatic need to avoid any and all tobacco smoke.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Susan Lurie
smoke is the most allergenic substance and should always be avoided around children or asthmatic adults.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Caused?
The cause of asthma is mostly genetic but smoke will irritate and can trigger a wheezing episode in one with asthma.

In brief: Caused?
The cause of asthma is mostly genetic but smoke will irritate and can trigger a wheezing episode in one with asthma.
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Absolutely! no one should smoke but there have been cases where smoking around a child with asthma has been considered child abuse.
Asthma is a potentially fatal disease and smoking around someone can increase that risk.

In brief: Yes
Absolutely! no one should smoke but there have been cases where smoking around a child with asthma has been considered child abuse.
Asthma is a potentially fatal disease and smoking around someone can increase that risk.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Asthma can be brought on by numerous factors including allergies, infections, stress, exposures such as smoke, exercise and certain drugs and foods.

In brief: Yes
Asthma can be brought on by numerous factors including allergies, infections, stress, exposures such as smoke, exercise and certain drugs and foods.
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
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Dr. Alan Khadavi
I agree.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, there are several studies which have shown that children who live in households of smokers have a much higher rate of asthma as a result.
Children who live in those same homes also are more likely to get upper respiratory infections, ear infections, pneumonia, and many other illnesses.

In brief: Yes
Yes, there are several studies which have shown that children who live in households of smokers have a much higher rate of asthma as a result.
Children who live in those same homes also are more likely to get upper respiratory infections, ear infections, pneumonia, and many other illnesses.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Asthma is not caused by environmental tobacco smoke.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung condition that is characterized by reversible airway obstruction, which is an epigenetic phenomenon. Asthma symptoms include cough, chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath. Smoke is a common trigger for asthma symptoms in addition to colds, cold air, weather changes, pollens or exercise.

In brief: No
Asthma is not caused by environmental tobacco smoke.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung condition that is characterized by reversible airway obstruction, which is an epigenetic phenomenon. Asthma symptoms include cough, chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath. Smoke is a common trigger for asthma symptoms in addition to colds, cold air, weather changes, pollens or exercise.
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief:
Studies have found that the smoke left on hair, skin and clothing even when smoking outside, can increase the dangers almost as much as smoking in the same room with someone with asthma.

In brief:
Studies have found that the smoke left on hair, skin and clothing even when smoking outside, can increase the dangers almost as much as smoking in the same room with someone with asthma.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
In brief: Even smoking outside
Studies have found that even smoking outside can increase asthma risk.
The smoke on the clothes, hair and skin when retiring to the inside of the house has been found to be almost as dangerous as smoking inside.

In brief: Even smoking outside
Studies have found that even smoking outside can increase asthma risk.
The smoke on the clothes, hair and skin when retiring to the inside of the house has been found to be almost as dangerous as smoking inside.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Smoke - either cigarette or even wood-burning - is considered a respiratory irritant.
As such, smoke can cause an inflammatory or respiratory spasm response producing asthma symptoms in any individual - regardless of age.

In brief: Yes
Smoke - either cigarette or even wood-burning - is considered a respiratory irritant.
As such, smoke can cause an inflammatory or respiratory spasm response producing asthma symptoms in any individual - regardless of age.
Dr. Jason Campbell
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Asthma symptoms can be brought out by smoking or smoke exposure.
There are many other factors, including a genetic tendency towards asthma involved as well.

In brief: Yes
Asthma symptoms can be brought out by smoking or smoke exposure.
There are many other factors, including a genetic tendency towards asthma involved as well.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Smoke is a toxin, and can cause irritation, tissue damage, and sensitivity (allergy) over time.
People of all ages have increased rates of asthma and many other illnesses when exposed to second-hand smoke.

In brief: Yes
Smoke is a toxin, and can cause irritation, tissue damage, and sensitivity (allergy) over time.
People of all ages have increased rates of asthma and many other illnesses when exposed to second-hand smoke.
Dr. Theodore Cole
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: No
Given that asthma is intrinsic to the individual, you can't cause asthma by smoking around a child.
However, asthmatic children in houses with smokers experience more symptoms and hospitalizations related to asthma.

In brief: No
Given that asthma is intrinsic to the individual, you can't cause asthma by smoking around a child.
However, asthmatic children in houses with smokers experience more symptoms and hospitalizations related to asthma.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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