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Old 04-12-2011, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by auntieannie68 View Post
cause smelling curry never has caused a negative response as smoke does in an asthmatic
Auntie, I don't know if you are an asthmatic, but you might be interested in pursuing some further research, which is something I did after I discovered that California and Puerto Rico, two places in this country with the lowest smoking rates, also had climbing asthma rates that mirrored the decline in smoking. After a little digging, I came across the following peer-reviewed research article from the Journal of Immunology which concludes that nicotine suppresses allergic lung reactions: "The results unequivocally show that, even after multiple allergen sensitizations, nicotine dramatically suppresses inflammatory/allergic parameters in the lung including the following. . ."


This study suggests that the reason that asthma rates seem to increase where smoking rates decline is that people who quit smoking are no longer getting the nicotine that was suppressing the lung's asthmatic reactions. In other words, they would have been asthmatics originally had they not been smokers.

If you are an asthmatic, I would NEVER suggest that you take up smoking. But you may want to consult your doctor about trying smokeless NRT in the hope that it would suppress your allergic reaction. (And it is even probable that smokeless nicotine would have fewer potential side effects than whatever it is that you are using right now. Frankly, the disclaimers on Advair commercials are more frightening to me than the Surgeon General's warning on cigarette boxes.)

My genuine best wishes for your good health.

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Old 04-12-2011, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Bella Ella View Post
I am a heavy smoker... I consider that discouraging people from violating my personal space is the best way to stay healthy.
As a self professed heavy smoker who avoids people with colds you will definitely stay "healthy".
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