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Will my friend still have an asthma attack if my mom smokes outside?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe, maybe not
Since asthma attacks occur for many reasons (or without reason), a person may get symptoms even if he doesn't breathe in second hand cigarette smoke.
On the other hand, some asthmatics aren't bothered much by second hand smoke. If the air is cleaned (with a hepa filter) indoors, anyone will be better off. Barbeque smoke, fire place smoke, marshmallow-roasting campfires, etc... Can cause symptoms.

In brief: Maybe, maybe not
Since asthma attacks occur for many reasons (or without reason), a person may get symptoms even if he doesn't breathe in second hand cigarette smoke.
On the other hand, some asthmatics aren't bothered much by second hand smoke. If the air is cleaned (with a hepa filter) indoors, anyone will be better off. Barbeque smoke, fire place smoke, marshmallow-roasting campfires, etc... Can cause symptoms.
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Dr. James Glauber
Your friend may still be exposed to third hand smoke from your mother, the smoke that she exudes from her clothing, hair, etc. even if she smokes outside. Someone with very sensitive asthma may be bothered by this.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: ????
Anything can trigger an asthma attack.
The strong odor from the fumes of the smoke on your mothers close could cause the asthma to flare. Best to simply avoid any possibility of exposure to smoke. And get your mom to speak with a doctor about quitting smoking, too.

In brief: ????
Anything can trigger an asthma attack.
The strong odor from the fumes of the smoke on your mothers close could cause the asthma to flare. Best to simply avoid any possibility of exposure to smoke. And get your mom to speak with a doctor about quitting smoking, too.
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