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Suffer the Children

Dwaine Rieves, MD, FCCP;
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Affiliations: Washington, DC
 ,  Dr. Rieves is a medical officer with the US Public Health Service.

Correspondence to: Dwaine Rieves, MD, FCCP, 1907 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009



Chest. 2002;122(2):394-396. doi:10.1378/chest.122.2.394
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Cigarette smoking makes asthma worse. That simple tenet forms one of the most well-known corner stones of asthma management.1 Nevertheless, certain studies23 have suggested that 10 to 30% of adults with asthma continue to smoke cigarettes. They smoke despite intensive efforts at education, smoking cessation therapies, and, most notably, the negative feedback from their own personal experience with acute exacerbations of asthma. Clinical studies35 have suggested that such patients want to stop cigarette smoking but cannot, perhaps, to a large extent, because of the addictive properties associated with inhaling tobacco smoke.

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